Marin detectives arrest 2 in drug sales probe – Marin Independent Journal

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Investigators arrested two San Rafael men after one of them allegedly sold counterfeit Xanax pills to undercover detectives, and a search turned up drugs at the home they share, according to the sheriff’s department.
The detectives bought pills from Jonathan Saballos, 24, on two occasions in August at the Bon Air Center in Greenbrae, said sheriff’s Lt. Jesse Klinge. During one sale, Saballos also provided a sample of cocaine, Klinge said.
In both purchases, Saballos allegedly sold pills meant to look like Xanax, a brand name for the tranquilizer alprazolam, but instead are suspected of containing the opioid fentanyl.
After one sale, sheriff’s investigators tailed Saballos back to a residence on Channing Way, where he rents a room, Klinge said.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Specialized Investigative Unit of the sheriff’s department executed a search warrant at the home, finding Saballos in a parking area. Saballos “refused to follow commands,” reaching towards his waistband and pockets when investigators told him to show his hands, Klinge said.
Saballos had ecstasy pills, prepackaged baggies of marijuana, a digital scale, a replica firearm, a ski mask and brass knuckles in his car, Klinge said. Saballos also had suspected ketamine, fentanyl and marijuana on his person.
In Saballos’ bedroom, investigators found more marijuana and other, unidentified pills, as well as journals, notebooks, a calendar and other indications of drug sales, Klinge said.
Investigators also found small amounts of fentanyl pills, ketamine, counterfeit Adderall pills believed to contain methamphetamine, a scale, packaging and suspected gamma-hydroxybutyrate in the bedroom of the lessor, Ares Langer, Klinge said.
Saballos was arrested on suspicion of drug-related crimes as well as obstruction, possession of brass knuckles and conspiracy. Langer, 23, was arrested on suspicion of maintaining a home for drug sales and other drug crimes.
Both had been released from custody as of Friday. Neither was reachable for comment.
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