This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Who Wants to Party With Tina? Craigslist Ad for Crystal Meth Gets Seller Busted
Your old television, a couch, or some concert tickets are smart things to put up ads for on Craigslist. Crystal meth, not so much, even when you disguise your product using its ladylike nickname. Two SoCal men were busted recently "on suspicion of dealing large amounts of crystal methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia," reports Temecula Patch.
The pair were targeted by a sheriff's detective who was skimming the Craigslist classifieds with an eye for shady dealings. He found an ad from a guy who said he "was looking for a female to party with 'Tina.'" Tina, for those not in the know, is a street name for meth.
The detective struck up a correspondence with the advertiser, who turned out to be 33-year-old Brian Leach. They arranged for a meeting so Leach could sell his "really good Tina." Authorities intervened at the meeting, and found Leach to be in possession of meth, and a pipe in his car, which led to his arrest.
A search of Leach's cellphone revealed text messages arranging for the sale of large quantities of meth, and a contact named "Joe," who was, as you might imagine, hanging out at the Del Taco in his Black Escalade with "the stuff."
Joe turned out to be 26-year-old Jose Reyes Gomez, who also found himself arrested.
Southern California's Snow-Capped Mountains Are Beautiful. Here's Where To Maximize The View (And Snap A Great Picture)It's been many, many years since we saw this much snow in our mountains. Going up there right now isn't safe, but here are some places where you can enjoy the view and snap a pic.
April Valentine died at Centinela Hospital. Her daughter was born by emergency C-section. She'd gone into the pregnancy with a plan, knowing Black mothers like herself were at higher risk.
A look at years past when snows creeped into our citified neighborhoods, away from the mountains and foothills.
In the face of a drier future, that iconic piece of Americana is on its way out in Southern California.
Another Missing Hiker Has Been Found Dead In San Gabriels As Search For Actor Julian Sands ContinuesBob Gregory, 62, went missing the same day as Sands. His body was recovered near Mount Islip.