“‘Time to get up.’ Deputies wake up sleeping suspects in vacant apartment. On Monday morning, deputies responded to an apartment on Sierra Highway, Canyon Country regarding a trespassing call. They found two adults asleep on a bedroom floor, next to a syringe of heroin. The deputies woke up the sleeping couple and found that the 25-year-old man had five warrants out for his arrest, totaling $200K, and the 22-year-old woman was on active felony probation for identity theft. Both suspects were arrested and booked at Santa Clarita Valley Station on the warrants and charges of burglary and narcotics possession.”
It wasn’t released what the 5 warrants the male suspect was wanted for were, but the charges facing both suspects are steep. Burglary is covered under California Penal Code 459 PC and is described as entering any residential or commercial building or room with the intent to commit a felony once inside. Burglary is broken down into two parts – first-degree burglary and second-degree burglary. First-degree burglary is charged when the building that was broken into was a residence and is always a felony. Second-degree burglary is charged in any situation that doesn’t meet the criteria for first-degree burglary.
The penalties for first-degree burglary include two to six years in California State prison, while second-degree burglary carries the possible penalties of one to three years in county jail.
Possession of a controlled substance is covered under California Health and Safety Code 11350 HS and is usually charged as a misdemeanor. The possible penalties include up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.