January 14, 2016

Drug Bust takes wanted felon & ¾ lbs. of Crystal Meth valued at $27,000 off Santa Cruz Streets.

On Saturday 1/9/16, SCPD Officers and Neighborhood Enforcement Team (NET) arrested a high-risk wanted felon and his associate. Both were suspected of transporting and selling large quantities of narcotics in the city of Santa Cruz.

SCPD confiscated 3/4 lbs of crystal meth valued $27,000 & $1000 in cash 
SCPD Officers working with NET located and arrested Adrian Puga, 32 from Watsonville and his girlfriend Selene Bazarnick, 33, from Santa Cruz at a storage locker on Mission St. Extension.

SCPD Officers and SCPD K-9 Unit conducted a search of the storage unit and cars associated with Adrian Puga and Selene Bazarnick. During the search, approximately ¾ of a pound of suspected crystal methamphetamine was located in the storage locker and vehicles.

The amount of crystal methamphetamine broken down into grams will produce approximately 340.19 grams. It has a street value of over $27,000. Additionally, $1,000 in cash of suspected narcotics profit was found during the search.

Adrian Puga, 32, Watsonvile resident
Adrian Puga was taken into custody for an outstanding felony warrant for failing to comply with the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision (AB109) and various narcotics related charges.
Selene Bazarnick, 33, Santa Cruz resident 
Selene Bazarnick was taken into custody for possession of suspected methamphetamine and a small quantity of heroin. She was also charged with violating the terms of her probation.

This couple has had multiple contacts with law enforcement. In March 2014, Adrian Puga and Selene Bazarnick were arrested
with heroin, methamphetamine, prescription pills, and marijuana for sale. They also had in their possession a stolen gun.

Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood. 

The Santa Cruz Police Neighborhood Enforcement Team is specialized unit. NET works as a team to focus on mid to long-term issues often times associated with gangs, drugs and other chronic problems throughout the City of Santa Cruz.

SCPD is dedicated to our community with ongoing efforts to keep Santa Cruz a safe place to live, work and raise a family.