Seven arrested for selling drugs from disabled man’s home
Santa Cruz police arrested seven people Thursday after they were found allegedly using the home of a disabled man for illegal activities.
Deputy Chief Steve Clark told KTVU that officers searched the La Fonda Avenue home after receiving complaints about elder abuse, illegal drug sales and a possible bicycle chop shop.
Responding officers transported the homeowner, a 59-year-old wheelchair-bound man who was found lying in his own urine and feces, to a hospital for observation and care.
The man had not received even basic care from the individuals using the home as a base for their illegal activities, Clark said.
Five of the seven people arrested claimed the home as their residence.
Authorities found more than 30 bicycles and 50-plus dismantled bikes at the residence.
Shana DiMartino, 37, Susan Husted, 49, John Dowden, 52, Adelma Dowden, 48, Perry Brown, 42, Jodi Widman, 30, and Aaron Hamrick. 37, face a number of different charges, including sales of heroin and methamphetamines, illegal drug possession, drug paraphernalia charges and elder abuse.
The house has been deemed uninhabitable by city officials after numerous safety violations were found, according to a press release from Santa Cruz Police.
[Clockwise from top left, Susan Husted, Adelma Downden, Aaron Hamrick, Jodi Widman, John Dowden and Shana DiMartino, courtesy of the Santa Cruz Police Department]