Santa Rosa drug bust seizes cocaine, $70k in cash, weapons

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Officers seized over a pound of cocaine, $71,000 in cash, and several firearms in a drug bust last week. 

According to the Santa Rosa Police Department, detectives launched an investigation into someone allegedly selling cocaine. 

The suspect was identified as Giovanni Small, 31, of Santa Rosa.

Police said Small left his residence in the 1700 block of Ridley Avenue at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 19. He drove to the 1500 block of Hampton Way where he was detained after a search warrant was executed. 

SRPD executed search warrants at two locations: one in the 200 block of E Street; and another at the 1700 block of Ridley Avenue.

Officers found “nothing of note” at the E Street location, police said. However, at the Ridley Street location, officers found:

  • Approximately 1.4 pounds of suspected cocaine
  • Approximately $71,000 in cash
  • An un-serialized short-barreled AR style assault rifle
  • An un-serialized polymer 80 Glock 19 9mm semi-automatic handgun
  • 2 bullet proof vests equipped with ballistic plates,
  • Thousands of rounds of ammunition
  • Weapon manufacturing tools and equipment
  • Suspected counterfeit Oxycodone pills
  • 2 digital scales
  • Hundreds of clean plastic baggies

Small was arrested and charged with narcotics for sale, possession of an assault weapon, manufacturing of an assault weapon, and armed while dealing drugs. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail, according to police.


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