A search warrant executed at an East Palo Alto apartment resulted in the arrest of a 27-year-old resident and the seizure of drugs and a firearm this week, a narcotics police officer said today. Narcotics officers converged on the home in the 1800 block of East Bayshore Road at around 2 p.m. Monday, following a several-weeks-long investigation into alleged ongoing sales of cocaine base at the Light Tree Apartments, Menlo Park police Narcotics Enforcement Team Sgt. Eric Cowans said.
Cowans said officers observed the activity at the scene, which they said is a spot known for drug and gang activity, and waited for the suspect to walk out of the residence before detaining him. “There are different ways you can execute a search warrant. You can do a full, complete entry, but sometimes we decide to use a simpler method, so we surveilled and waited for him to come out and once we had him detained, we took the threat out of the situation,” Cowans said.
Police detained Henry Uili, of East Palo Alto, outside the residence and found cocaine base for sale, a loaded firearm and stolen property inside the apartment, Cowans said. Uili was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a firearm, and possession of stolen property, police said. He was booked into the San Mateo County Jail.
The arrest is the result of a strong relationship with Menlo Park’s partners in law enforcement, such as the East Palo Alto Police Department, Cowans said. “We work really closely with one another … because we know drugs have a huge impact on the safety of our overall communities,” Cowans said. “A perfect example is this guy selling crack and armed with a firearm.”
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