Santa Rosa, CA – June 30, 2017 – Defendant
Ulises Sandoval-Rivera, 31 years old of Santa Rosa, pleaded no contest in front
of the Honorable Dana Simmonds earlier today to charges of possessing heroin
for sale within 1,000 feet of an elementary school while classes were in
Attorney Ravitch stated, “This was a brazen drug deal which took place in the
middle of the afternoon next to a school. This behavior is dangerous and
unacceptable, and we will continue to vigorously prosecute these types of
January 25, 2017 at approximately 2pm, Santa Rosa Police
Department narcotics detectives watched as Robert Carroll, also of Santa Rosa,
walked up and entered the passenger’s seat of Sandoval-Rivera’s car.
Detective Sgt. Rich Celli saw what he believed to be a hand to hand drug
transaction between the two men, and continued to watch as Carroll quickly
exited the vehicle. Other narcotics detectives in the area detained
Carroll and discovered he was in possession of one ounce of heroin and one
ounce of methamphetamine. Sgt. Celli then detained Sandoval-Rivera and
searched his car finding approximately one additional pound of Methamphetamine
and 7 additional ounces of Heroin.
At the time of
the transaction Sandoval-Rivera’s vehicle was parked within a few hundred feet
of Kawana Elementary School, which was in session when nactoctics detectives
made the arrests.
agreement with Sandoval-Rivera requires a 5 year prison sentence when he is
sentenced on August 15, 2017.
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Matt Hubley. The Santa Rosa
Police Narcotics Division headed the investigation.