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* Robert Klair and Leah Walton arrested in Santa Cruz for alleged gun and drug charges

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Santa Cruz County sheriff’s deputies arrested two people on Tuesday after finding crystal methamphetamine and seven guns in their home, including a .22-caliber rifle in the bedroom of an 11-year-old.Deputies and detectives served a search warrant at a home in the 1100 block of Seabright Avenue, where they suspected methamphetamine was being sold, the sheriff’s office said. The home is about half a block from Gault Elementary School.At the home, deputies found seven grams of crystal  methamphetamine, drug ledgers, a scale, $300 in cash, a billy club, multiple 30-round rifle magazines that were loaded and seven guns – five rifles and two handguns, according the sheriff’s office.Deputies also found numerous needles and other drug paraphernalia and seized a few grams of marijuana, for which one of the suspects had medicinal marijuana authorization. The suspects, identified as Robert Klair, 48, and Leah Walton, 24, were arrested for possession for sale of methamphetamine and being under the influence of drugs, according to the sheriff’s office.Walton, who was on probation for previous drug convictions, was also arrested on a probation violation.The 11-year-old child and a 10-year-old who live at the home were at school when the search warrant was served. Deputies are looking for the children’s father, 41-year-old Todd Cotter, who, along with another resident, is being sought for possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a place where drugs are used and sold.

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