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Tip leads to pair of drug arrests in Sebastopol

Complaints to police about suspected methamphetamine sales at a Sebastopol home have resulted in the arrests of two people, police said Tuesday.

Officers searched a home off of High School Road, finding methamphetamine, sales paraphernalia and about $1,400 cash, said Sebastopol Sgt. Mike Nielsen.

They arrested residents Dale Fred Bettinelli, 62, and Ruth Ann Privitt Estrada, 55, on suspicion of possessing drugs and selling drugs, both felonies. Both suspects live in an unincorporated area near Sebastopol.

The pair were booked into the Sonoma County Jail and both were released early Tuesday after posting bail, according to jail records.

Months ago, officers began receiving information about possible narcotics dealings from the home, Nielsen said. Officers launched an investigation and obtained a search warrant this week.

They went to the home at 8 p.m. Monday and arrested the occupants.


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