5 Arrested on Drug Charges in Fallbrook Bust

Three of the suspects were charged with possession of heroin

By Monica Garske
|  Saturday, Mar 16, 2013  |  Updated 10:30 AM PDT
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5 Arrested on Drug Charges in Fallbrook Bust

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Deputies and detectives from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department arrested five suspects in a Fallbrook home Friday on several drug-related charges, including possession of heroin.

At 7 a.m., officials served a search warrant at a house in the 1100 block of Juliette Place. The bust was part of a month-long investigation into drug activity and stolen property tied to the home and its occupants.

During the search, deputies arrested five suspects on drug-related charges: Michael Ochoa, 39; Jose Barreto, 34; Erika Favela, 34; Joshua O’Brien, 34; and Billy Painter, 57.

Ochoa and Barreto were both arrested for active felony warrant and alleged possession of heroin. Favela was arrested for an active felony warrant and alleged possession of drug paraphernalia, while O’Brien was arrested for alleged possession of heroin, according to deputies.

Deputies say Painter – the primary resident of the Fallbrook home – was arrested and charged with providing a place for distribution of controlled substances and possession of a controlled substance, in this case, methamphetamine.

All five suspects were booked into Vista Detention Facility. Most of them are scheduled to appear in court next week.

In addition to the arrests, detectives seized several rare U.S. coins during the search that are believed to be stolen. Officials did not release any further information about the stolen items, as the investigation is ongoing.

As always, officials want to remind the public to report any suspicious activity in your neighborhood to authorities by calling (858) 565-5200 or Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.
 

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