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Crime: Woman arrested after investigators find meth, suspicious material and a 4-year-old girl

Posted: August 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: August 24, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Crime investigators were testing material believed to be explosive Tuesday, which was discovered during the search of a Canyon Country home.

Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies assigned to the Crime Impact Squad, with the help of the SWAT team, executed a search warrant Monday at a home on Furnivall Avenue.

Inside, they found small amounts of methamphetamine, some scales, hypodermic needles and a 4-year-old girl, said Sgt. John Bomben.

“The child was placed in protective custody, and the mother charged,” he said.

Once inside the house, deputies found the suspect material amid “small amounts” of methamphetamine, Bomben said.

“It appears like it is an explosive,” Bomben said of the unidentified, suspicious material. “It’s probably some sort of homemade material. We’re evaluating.”

The local sheriff’s small-explosives team took the item.

Arson/explosives investigators were expected to test the material in a newly built laboratory outside the Santa Clarita Valley.

Results of those tests were not expected for at least a couple of weeks, Bomben said.

Deputies obtained legal permission to search the home after spotting a suspected explosive device in a car during a traffic stop Wednesday.

Deputies arrested two Canyon Country men during the traffic stop. The two were charged with burglary, and with drug offenses involving heroin and methamphetamine.

Information garnered from the arrests and from the material in the car enabled deputies to obtain the search warrant.

“It was an item in the vehicle later determined to be an explosive of some sort,” Bomben said. “It wasn’t recovered at the time, so we used the SWAT team to enter the house.

“We were looking for that and found evidence of narcotics, heroin and meth. With hypodermic syringes and, certainly, having explosives around with a child there is not a good thing.”

Stacie Rae Wolf, 35, faces charges of cruelty to a child that is likely to produce injury or death, with bail set at $100,000.
Her daughter remains in the care of the Los Angeles County Department of Child and Family Services.

Michael Cone, 37, was arrested during the traffic stop Wednesday and booked on felony charges. Also booked at the same time for the same charges was Jami Romano, 41.

No bail was set for Romano, and bail for Cone was set at $30,000.


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