General Crime

* Philip Straley and Matthew Colangelo Arrested for Alleged Possession of Drugs, Guns and Cash

Two men were arrested Sunday when Santa Clara County authorities executed search warrants at two homes in San Jose and Campbell, seizing drugs, cash and weapons, including an AK-47 assault rifle. Santa Clara County sheriff’s deputies served the warrants late Sunday morning with the help of SWAT teams from Campbell, Los Gatos and Sunnyvale as part of an ongoing drug investigation, sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Sung said. At the San Jose home, authorities arrested 46-year-old Philip Straley. They seized one AK-47 rifle, six high-capacity magazines, 620 rounds of ammunition for the rifle and two loaded handguns. They also confiscated 23 pounds of marijuana, one pound of methamphetamine, .7 pounds of cocaine, more than 3,100 pseudoephedrine tablets and $26,000 in cash from that home. The drugs have a street value of more than $121,0000, according to the sheriff’s office. Sung said authorities also confiscated a number of fake identification cards, which he said were likely used to purchase the pseudoephedrine tablets, since pharmacies now record the personal information of who people buy Sudafed and other drugs containing pseudoephedrine. He said the tablets can be converted into methamphetamine; those who do so are sometimes referred to as “cooks.” “A good ‘cook’ can generate quite a significant amount of methamphetamine from those tablets,” Sung said. A second man, 34-year-old Matthew Colangelo, was arrested at his home in Campbell, where deputies found a small amount of methamphetamine.  Straley was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges including possession of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana for sale, possession of an assault rifle and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.  He had been held on $165,000 bail but has since posted bail and been released. Colangelo was booked for possession of a controlled substance and a parole violation. He is being held on a no-bail warrant.

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