By Karen Brainard
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents arrested two Ramona residents on suspicion of distributing heroin on Thursday, June 2.
Monica Tejero, 45, an employee of the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet at Main and Eighth Streets, was arrested at the store after agents used a search warrant and found an ounce of heroin on her, said DEA spokesperson Amy Roderick.
Christopher Melero, 34, was arrested at a nearby apartment, where agents found evidence indicative of drug trafficking, according to Roderick.
Although initially three arrests were reported by an agent, Roderick said only Tejero and Melero were arrested.
The DEA agents worked in conjunction with the sheriff’s station in Ramona in what Roderick said was a six-month investigation.
During that time, agents seized about three ounces of heroin worth approximately $3,000, Roderick said, but she noted that drug traffickers usually sell in user quantities, such as $100 per gram. At that price, the three ounces could bring in a total of about $8,500, she said. In addition, Roderick said, traffickers often add fillers to double the quantity or “to get more bang for the buck.”
The Ramona Food and Clothes Closet was closed for a couple of hours early Thursday afternoon during the search and arrests.