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Released by: District Attorney
For Immediate Release

Santa Rosa Man Admits to Charges of Possessing Heroin for Sale Near School

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 session.

District 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 crimes.”

On Wednesday 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.

The plea 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 HubleyThe Santa Rosa Police Narcotics Division headed the investigation.


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