Narcotic investigation leads to location of methamphetamine, firearm, and US currency

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Santa Rosa Police Department Press Release:

In early 2017, Detectives from the Santa Rosa Police Department’s Narcotic Unit began an investigation into possible narcotics trafficking by a Sonoma County resident. The suspect, identified as Jose Ramirez Ibarra (37 years) was suspected of selling methamphetamine in the greater Santa Rosa area. Detectives authored a search warrant for Ibarra and his residence where it was suspected of being the base of operation for drug sales.

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, detectives from the Santa Rosa Police Department began surveilling Ibarra as he drove from his residence just north of Santa Rosa, 6440 Old Redwood Highway. Ibarra was stopped by SRPD Officers and was found to be in possession of a small amount of suspected methamphetamine.

Detectives from the Santa Rosa Police Department went to Ibarra’s residence on Old Redwood Highway and subsequently served a search warrant. Several subjects and children were detained at the residence and surrounding property, including Ibarra’s spouse, identified as Reveriana Torres-Cruz (34 years old). Detectives located nearly 3 pounds of methamphetamine, approximately $80,000 in cash, and a loaded .380 handgun. All listed items were located inside the residence of Ibarra and Torres. A further search of the residence was completed and detectives located evidence of packaging, scales, and other items of evidence related to drug trafficking.

It was also learned the three children detained at the residence (ages 2, 7, and 9 years old) belonged to both Ibarra and Torres-Cruz and all shared a bedroom where all above listed items were located.

Ibarra and Torres-Cruz were transported to the Sonoma County Jail where both were booked for possession for sales of methamphetamine, conspiracy, maintaining a residence for the purposes of narcotics trafficking, and being armed while dealing narcotics.

This investigation is ongoing and anyone with informat ion regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Santa Rosa Police Department (707) 543-3600. Media inquiries should be directed to Sergeant Brian Boettger at (707) 543-3578.

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