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Police: Dealers take over Santa Cruz man's home

Posted: June 15, 2013 3:30 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2013 3:30 p.m.

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — Santa Cruz police say they have arrested five people on charges that they allegedly turned a disabled man's home into a drug house and bicycle chop shop while failing to care for him as they were supposed to.

Deputy Police Chief Steve Clark said the 59-year-old homeowner was hospitalized after detectives serving a search warrant on the property Thursday found him lying in his own urine and feces.

Three women and two men who were living with him were taken into custody on suspicion of elder abuse and drug sales.

Clark says the suspects allegedly took advantage of the wheel-chair bound man and allowed several people to use the home as a base for selling heroin and methamphetamine.

He says the house was in "deplorable condition" and subsequently red-tagged as uninhabitable.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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