Police / Fire

4 Arrested for allegedly selling drugs to students

Hollister Police, UNET raid house and find what they say is 'large amount of marijuana'

On May 13 The Hollister Police Department, with assistance from UNET, during a morning raid arrested four Hollister residents suspected of selling marijuana to students.

Recently, Hollister Police School Resource Officer Michael Paddy has been investigating marijuana sales to students in Hollister. This led him to suspect sales of marijuana occurring at a home on the 1000 block of Victoria Street in Hollister. 

Paddy was able to obtain a search warrant for the home and on May 13, and with the assistance of UNET Agents, a morning raid was conducted. An adult couple and two siblings were found in the residence. Officers say they located large amounts of marijuana in several different areas of the home. A strong odor of marijuana permeated the house, police say, and scales and packaging materials were also located. 

Officers reported finding an aggressive pit bull and several cats found living in the home, including some felines that appeared to be gravely ill. Officers were able to conduct the search without hurting the pit bull, according to a press release, and Animal Control was called to rescue the animals. The home was "in an unkempt and dirty condition," police said and also had illegal construction and wiring that made the home unsafe. Code Enforcement responded and “red tagged” (condemned) the home until repairs are made. 

Sandra Lozoya, 45, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Trini Hernandez, 45,was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and child endangerment. Lozoya’s son, Christopher Lozoya, 18, was arrested for possession of marijuana for sales and a 15-year-old juvenile was also arrested for possession of marijuana for sales. 

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Hollister Police Department at 636-4330. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can call the WeTip Hotline at 800-87-CRIME. Information provided to WeTip may qualify for a reward. 

BenitoLink Staff