Undercover Narc Sting Nets 3 Suspected Meth Dealers Friday in Santa Cruz

The drug solicitations occurred in a Front Street drugstore parking lot and on the Felker Street-Gateway Plaza foot bridge.

Terry Spann. Photo: Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force.
Terry Spann. Photo: Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force.

Two Watsonville men, 58 and 49, and a transient, 39, were arrested Friday for allegedly selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer from the Santa Cruz County Narcotics Task Force. 

In response to citizen complaints of drug dealing throughout Santa Cruz, police said an undercover officer went to various city spots to attempt to find dealers of controlled substances, namely meth, heroin or cocaine.

Within minutes of the operation launch, the undercover officer contacted a homeless man on the Pacific Garden Mall who facilitated a meth buy from Terry Spann, 49 of Watsonville, police said.

The officer met Spann on the foot bridge leading from Felker Street to the Gateway Plaza, where Spann was arrested for allegedly carrying some 18 grams of meth, police said.

The transient "middle man" was later identified as a probationer, and a warrant will be sought for his arrest, according to authorities.

Also arrested with Spann was Thomas Kehler, 58 of Watsonville, for suspicion of possession of controlled substances for sales, police said. 

In a separate deal later that day, the undercover officer "bought" meth from a transient, later identified as Eric Cash, 39, in the CVS parking lot on Front Street.  Cash was subsequently arrested, police said.  

Spann, Kehler and Cash were booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail for suspicion of possession of controlled substances with the intent to sell, according to law enforcement.


HippieCowboy420 April 06, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Lock them up throw away the key!
Johnny at the Harbor April 06, 2014 at 12:11 PM
Bout time the SCPD did a sting for drug dealers in the downtown area...should do it everyday...day after day...get these Meth sellers off the streets and in the slammer where they belong...If drug dealers know undercover cops were always on the streets downtown..maybe they would move on.. Johnny at the Harbor Trying to post....
Gigi831 April 06, 2014 at 02:43 PM
Doing drugs leads to bad hair choices.... his hair looks like the Colorado movie theater shooter's hair. I think they dubbed him "the joker". .
Pat Kittle April 06, 2014 at 04:12 PM
Johnny: Getting these parasites out & keeping them out of downtown isn't enough. ----- Getting them out & keeping them out of our greenbelt is at least as important. That is their "base of operations" from which they operate with near impunity. ----- I've been seeing it 1st hand for decades, and it's nothing less than a crime against nature.
Anabel Haggarty April 08, 2014 at 12:15 AM
Why didnt they arrest the "middle-man" when they had him? Why isnt he named but they know his age? Ive seen Santa Cruz' most wanted, be guilty of lesser crimes and have their name and pic blasted all over town..... Why is this man being "sought" yet they dont seem to want to really want him?


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