A Santa Rosa couple were arrested Thursday on suspicion of selling methamphetamine from their home, where in one of the bedrooms the couple kept their three children, 3 pounds of methamphetamine, about $80,000 and a loaded .380 handgun.

The arrests wrap up a yearlong investigation by the police department’s narcotics unit, said Sgt. Brian Boettger.

Jose Ramirez Ibarra, 37, was stopped and detained as he drove away from his home in the 6400 block Old Redwood Highway. Police said he was carrying a small amount of suspected methamphetamine.

After serving a search warrant at the couple’s home, police detained his wife Reverina Torres-Cruz, 34, and their three children, ages 2, 7, and 9. Boettger said the kids were later released to the custody the Torres-Cruz’s brother.

Boettger said the drugs and money were hidden inside an area of the kids’ bedroom and the handgun was “hanging on a hook in a pouch in a closet.”

Ibarra and Torres-Cruz were taken to Sonoma County Jail and booked on suspicion of possession for sales of meth, conspiracy, maintaining a residence for the purposes of narcotics trafficking and being armed while dealing narcotics.

Police asked anyone with information about the couple to contact the Santa Rosa Police Department 707-543-3600.

You can reach Staff Writer Martin Espinoza at 707-521-5213 or martin.espinoza@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @renofish.

Where to get your sandbags filled

Cities typically offer free sandbag filling stations at their corporation yards. In some cases, like Santa Rosa, residents are required to provide proof of residency.

Santa Rosa’s City Municipal Services Center at 55 Stony Point Road is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For information about the location of sandbag stations, call the cities below.

City of Sebastopol: 707-829-4400

City of Healdsburg: 707-431-3346

City of Sonoma: 707-938-3332

City of Petaluma: 707-778-4303

City of Rohnert Park: 707-588-3300

Other locations


Shamrock Building Materials, 8150 Gravenstein Highway

Stony Point Rock Quarry, 7171 Stony Point Road


Forestville Fire Department, 6554 Mirabel Road


Geyserville Fire District, 20975 Geyserville Ave.


Russian River Fire Protection, 14100 Armstrong Woods Road


Garrett Hardware, 1340 Healdsburg Ave.

Monte Rio

Monte Rio Fire Department, 9870 Main St.


Friedman Brothers, 429 N. McDowell Blvd.

Sequoia Landscape Materials, 1330 King St.

Rohnert Park

Home Depot, 4825 Redwood Drive

Santa Rosa

Friedman Brothers, 4055 Santa Rosa Ave.

Home Depot, 100 Bicentennial Way

Grab N’ Grow, 2759 Llano Road


Youth Annex, 425 Morris St.


Friedman Brothers, 1360 Broadway Ave.

Sonoma Materials, 21040 Broadway Ave.

Soils Plus, 4343 Stage Gulch Road


Garrett Hardware, 10540 Old Redwood Highway

Home Depot, 16280 Hembree Lane