Suspects Were Just Arrested in August
SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz Police Department’s Neighborhood Enforcement team arrested a couple for the second time in three months. 32-year-old Jeremy Dustin Pineda of Boulder Creek and 23-year-old Fallon Cynthia Feurtado of Santa Cruz were picked up on drug charges. Just a few weeks ago, in August, the pair were found with a gun and heroin, both in violation of parole.
On Saturday night while on patrol, members of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) noticed a Silver Toyota Tercel, license plate number 3NDZ636 cruising in the neighborhood of Ross Street and Highland Avenue.
This vehicle is well known to the Santa Cruz Police Department because it is associated with the two known felons. So officers decided to make contact with the couple. While speaking with them as they were sitting inside the vehicle, officers invited their ‘Wonder Dog’ Argus to come over and meet the couple. Argus, with keen sense of smell, caught something strange coming from a single can of ‘Canada Dry’ ginger ale.
According to the arresting officers, “This can had seen better days.” When an officer examined the can closely he realized that it was not a can of soda but a ‘Can Safe’.
Inside that ‘Can Safe’ was… I’ll give you one hint? It is an arrest-able offense to have this in your possession. Yes, that’s right, inside the can was a large amount of Mexico brown tar heroin with a small amount of methamphetamine. A Search of the vehicle produced evidence of drugs sales, as police found a digital scale and packaging material.
Santa Cruz Police arrested Feurtado, once again, for possession of drug paraphernalia and violating her probation. Her bail was set at $500.00. Her acquaintance, Pineda was not quite so lucky – he was arrested and charged with possession and transportation of a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance. His bail was set at $200,000.00.
Records show that Fallon Feurtado has been arrested on various drug charges at least three times prior to this incident; in May and August 2013 and the August incident this year. Jeremy Pineda, however, has a much more storied past. Back in June of 2008, records show he was charged with battery on a spouse or co-habitant (domestic violence), along with possession of a controlled substance and syringe, and burglary tools. Over the next six years he was arrested at least 15 times, on charges from forgery and writing bad checks, to vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, burglary, and even possession of a controlled substance while in jail. According to his Facebook page, however, he is trying to make a new life and was beginning barber school in June, and happy about his new relationship with Feurtado.