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UPDATE: Realignment offender arrested on suspicion of dealing drugs

Posted: October 10, 2013 1:22 p.m.
Updated: October 10, 2013 5:07 p.m.

SANTA CLARITA - A Newhall man released from jail early as a result of California’s state prison realignment was arrested Thursday on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale, officials said.

Michael Neighbors, 46, was taken into custody Thursday following a compliance check at his residence in the 24500 block of Valley Street in Newhall, according to a news release from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.

Narcotics — including marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin in both black tar and powder forms — were found during the check on Neighbors’ home, according to Sheriff’s Station investigators.

The compliance check was carried out by deputies from the Sheriff’s Station Crime Prevention Unit and officers from the Los Angeles County Probation Department. It focused on convicted criminals who had been released from custody early as a result of a law passed to relieve state prisons of overcrowding.

The law shifted responsibility for some criminals from the state to counties.

The search also reportedly turned up electronic devices containing evidence of narcotics sales, numerous glass methamphetamine pipes, a large amount of U.S. currency and a crossbow with metal-tipped bolts.

Neighbors was taken into custody and is currently being held without bail. He is scheduled to appear in court in San Fernando on Tuesday.
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