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Meth, Guns & Stolen Property

October 4, 2012

BLYTHE, Calif – On Wednesday, October 03, 2012, about 12:18 PM, the Blythe Narcotic Enforcement Team (BNET) investigated a report of a suspicious person, possibly involved in the sales of illegal drugs, parked in a black 1996 Chevrolet Suburban at Madd Jax Car Wash, a business located at 501 West Hobsonway in the city of Blythe, California.

Upon arrival, officers contacted David Wayne Sarratt, 47, from Rancho Cucamonga, California, and Julia Marie Ramus, 42, from Claremont, California. While speaking to Sarratt and Ramus, officers noticed both subjects displayed objective symptoms of possibly being under the influence of a controlled substance. A narcotic sniffing K-9 was summoned to the scene and it alerted to the vehicle. Officers detained both subjects and transported them and their vehicle to the station where the investigation continued. After a further drug evaluation of Sarratt and Ramus, they were both arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and their persons and vehicle searched. A computer check also revealed Sarratt had a felony violation of parole warrant and Ramus was on probation with search terms.

The search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of nearly an ounce of suspected methamphetamine, items indicative of methamphetamine sales, a Smith and Wesson 460 Magnum .45-caliber revolver, a loaded Ruger .357-caliber Magnum revolver, and burglary-type tools.

A large amount of property believed to be unreported stolen property was also found in the vehicle. Some of these items included electronics, power tools, collectable and antique plates, jewelry and coins, lawn accessories, computer equipment, and personal stolen identity information belonging to over 100 people. A bag containing 34 various pharmaceutical prescription bottles and miscellaneous medications were also found and are believed to be stolen.

Multiple thumb drives were also found that contained evidence of ATM skimming—a fraudulent procedure in which a hidden camera is placed on an ATM and citizens' cards and pin codes are stolen. Other thumb drives contained files on how to forge driver's licenses and others had personal files such as resumes and personal identity information. Blank check printing paper and printers used to fraudulently manufacture checks were also located along with false identification cards.

Sarratt and Ramus are believed to have recently traveled through the following counties: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Mohave (Arizona), and the community areas along the Colorado River. The public's assistance is being requested in possibly solving any unreported crimes involving Sarratt and Ramus and the evidence recovered in this case. This investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to call the Colorado River Station at (760) 921-7900 or the Blythe Police Department at (760) 921-6111.

Sarratt and Ramus were booked into the Riverside County Blythe Jail for the following crimes:

  • 11378 H&S- Possession of methamphetamine for sales.

  • 11379(a) H&S- Transportation of methamphetamine for sales.

  • 11350(a) H&S- Possession of controlled substance without a prescription.

  • 11550(a) H&S- Under the influence of a controlled substance.

  • 11370.1(a) H&S- Possession of a firearm while in possession of methamphetamine.

  • 11550(e) H&S- Possession of a firearm while under the influence of a controlled substance.

  • 29800(a) PC- Convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

  • 30305(a)(1) PC- Convicted felon in possession of ammunition.

  • 11364.1(a) H&S- Possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • 148.9(a) PC- False information to a peace officer.

  • Violation of parole warrant (Sarratt).

Persons charged with a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

BNET is a multi-agency narcotic task force participated in by law enforcement agencies in the Blythe-Palo Verde Valley area. BNET's primary mission is to disrupt narcotic sales and diminish the availability of those drugs, thereby increasing public safety. Citizens are encouraged to report drug activity or information that could lead into the arrest of subjects involved with any criminal activity.

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