Suspected drug dealer's buzzing cellphone leads to arrests in Sebastopol

After a man suspected of dealing drugs was in custody, his buzzing cellphone led Sebastopol police to two more arrests and another suspect, police said Monday.

The incidents stem from Saturday night's arrest of Rafael Alexander Onofre, 19, Sebastopol acting Sgt. Nick Belliveau said.

Officers stopped Onofre, who is on parole on a prior felony methamphetamine-selling conviction, at about 9 p.m. Saturday. He was carrying a pack of 24 nitrous oxide cannisters, Sgt. Mike Nielsen said.

Texts began appearing on Onofre's cellphone from someone offering to sell hash, police said. Officers wrote back, posing as Onofre and suggesting a meeting.

At about 10:15 p.m. two men arrived at a Sebastopol location and found police waiting.

Emmanuel Zaragoza-Rodriguez, 22, of Sebastopol was arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting hash for sale and violating probation.

Salvador Mendoza Suarez, 26, of Santa Rosa was arrested on suspicion of transporting drugs and being an unlicensed driver. He also was wanted on a $30,000 arrest warrant.

Further investigation of Onofre led officers Sunday night to the Santa Rosa home of a 22-year-old. There they found a small amount of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, Nielsen said. The suspect wasn't there, and officers continued looking for him Monday.

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