MVPD arrests two after drugs, gun found at home

Two people were arrested after drugs, an assault rifle and a butane honey oil extraction lab were found during a search warrant in Los Altos yesterday.

Around 3:30 p.m., detectives from both Mountain View and Los Altos as well as RATFF (Regional Auto Theft Task Force), the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Mountain View Police Department’s Cybercrime Unit, served a search warrant at a home on the 700 block of Terrace Court in Los Altos after we had received information about possible drug activity occurring near the Mountain View/Los Altos border.

As our detectives arrived at the home, 44-year-old Lawrence Ovadia heard the police and ran from the backyard of the home into a creek. But, he was quickly detained by two of our officers.

When we began the search of the home, 24-year-old Brandi Stroud was found inside the home’s garage. While Stroud was being interviewed, detectives found two pounds of marijuana, about 100 empty cans of Butane, a butane honey oil extraction lab and a safe inside the garage that held about 4 ounces of methamphetamine, needles and a methamphetamine pipe. A Ruger mini-14 assault rifle was found near the safe.

Butane, which is a colorless, highly flammable gas, is extremely combustible and can cause major damage when it explodes.

Ovadia was arrested for possession of an assault rifle, felon in possession of a firearm, manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing methamphetamine for sale, felon in possession of ammunition and cultivation of marijuana. He is being held at the Santa Clara County Jail. Stroud was arrested for possessing methamphetamine for sale. She is being held at the Elmwood Correctional Facility.

We are very glad that there is no longer a potentially dangerous situation and that neighbors are safe. We also enjoyed working collaboratively with our law-enforcement partners from the task forces and Los Altos PD. Thank you for all that you do!

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