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Thousand Oaks investigation nets weapon, graffiti, drug, child endangerment arrests

Carlos Contreras, Michelle McLaughlin, Lance McLaughlin
August 30, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Thousand Oaks traffic stop led to a search warrant and three arrests for drug possession and graffiti vandalism Friday.

Thousand Oaks Police conducted a month-long investigation of documented criminal street gang member and convicted felon in August. Police pulled over Thousand Oaks resident Carlos Contreras, 27, on Friday morning. Contreras was arrested for possessing a switchblade knife.

A search warrant was then obtained for his residence, located on the 1000 block of Calle Almendro. Ammunition was found, adding a charge of ammo possession by a convicted felon.

Investigators also found graffiti-type drawings that resembled recently removed graffiti from around the city. Contreras was also arrested for graffiti vandalism, closing a 2-and-a-half year-long investigation into 90 graffiti incidents.

Marijuana, numerous prescription narcotics and drug paraphernalia were also found in the residence. Michelle McLaughlin, 26, and Lance McLaughlin, 27, also reside in the location with their three children. Due to the presence of drugs, paraphernalia and the unsanitary living conditions, the children were taken into protective custody by Child Protective Services.

Michelle and Lance McLaughlin were arrested for child endangerment, possession of concentrated cannabis, and being under the influence of a controlled substance. They were held on $50,000 bail each.


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