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Leah Bridge And Roommate Hugo Castaneda Arrested On Suspicion Of Burglary And Drug Sales In Santa Cruz County

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The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman Friday morning on $215,000 worth of warrants and then arrested her male roommate on suspicion of drug sales and identity theft, deputies said.

Deputies arrived at 208 Claus Court in the Aptos area at 2:37 a.m. Friday looking for Leah Bridge, 47, who had warrants for her arrest on suspicion of burglary and drug sales, according to Sgt. Patrick Dimick.

While inside Bridge’s residence, deputies made contact with her roommate Hugo Castaneda, 43, and determined he possessed drug paraphernalia and more than one ounce of methamphetamine, deputies said.

Deputies also found stolen pieces of identification, including one that belonged to a 70-year-old victim whose Aptos home was burglarized on Monday, according to Dimick.

Using a search warrant for stolen property at the Claus Court home, deputies recovered more than 60 items of evidence, some of which had been taken from the 70-year-old victim, deputies said.

Castaneda was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on suspicion of possessing narcotics with intent to sell and possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $10,000.

Deputies also booked Bridge into the jail based on the warrants for her arrest for which her bail totaled $210,000.

The Sheriff’s Office is attempting to identify owners of the property items seized during the arrests, deputies said.

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