A 26-year-old man remained in custody on Friday after his arrest on suspicion of selling heroin to high school students and others in Huntington Beach, authorities said.
Juan Vidrio was taken into custody Wednesday during a multiagency operation conducted by members of the Huntington Beach and Los Angeles police departments, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Los Angeles Port Police, according to a news release.
An investigation into Vidrio’s activities had been launched in March, and revealed both the identity of his supplier and that the supplier was a resident of Orange County who lived near Huntington Beach, officials said.
When detectives arrested Vidrio, he was found to be in possession of 20 ounces of heroin that “was packaged in amounts consistent with mid-level drug trafficking rather than street-level sales,” the release said.
Investigators searched the supplier’s home and recovered about 7 pounds of heroin, as well as 1.8 grams of cocaine, Huntington Beach police said. The supplier, who remains at large, had apparently fled the location before law-enforcement officers arrived.
The seized drugs have an estimated street value of over $250,000 and represent more than 31,000 doses of heroin, according to authorities.
Vidrio, a resident of Huntington Beach, was booked into Orange County Jail for possession and sale of heroin and a probation violation, the Police Department said. He was being held without bail pending a court appearance.