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Sebastopol drug dealer arrested same day released from prison

Sebastopol police arrested a convicted drug dealer Wednesday on the same day that he was released from prison.

Valentine Victor Balasow, 56, was arrested at his home Wednesday after officers went there to check whether he was complying with the terms of his prison release.

Police said Balasow was with two other convicted felons and that all three men were in possession of methamphetamine and a meth pipe.

Balasow was released from prison Wednesday after he served about a year and a half for convictions related to his arrest in 2012 on a variety of drug and weapons charges.

The terms of his release prohibited Balasow from associating with other convicted felons, police said.

Also arrested were Ronald Lombard, 57, of Santa Rosa, and John Poncia, 41, of Sebastopol.


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