Four arrested, 200,000 doses of LSD seized by
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By Jason Bennert
December 4, 2007
The Drug Enforcement Administration yesterday announced the
arrest in Santa Cruz of two Watsonville residents and two Hawaii
residents and the seizure of $2 million worth of the psychedelic
According to the DEA, in November Hawaii resident David Behar,
33, agreed to sell 5 grams of LSD to undercover agents. On Thursday,
he and Hawaii resident Lindsay Hogue, 30, were arrested with the
LSD that Behar had obtained after traveling to a residence on
the 800 block of Smith Road in Watsonville. At the time of the
arrest, Hogue had $5,500 in cash in her purse.
Watsonville residents Tara Bergstrand, 25, and John Lagace, 35,
were arrested after agents observed them leaving the Smith Road
The agents allegedly found $2,200 in cash and pay/owe sheets
with entries in the thousands of dollars in the couple's possession.
A subsequent search of the Smith Road residence turned up 15
grams of LSD, 5 pounds of marijuana, $6,000 U.S. Currency, nine
gold coins and three silver bars. The 20 grams of LSD is enough
to produce approximately 200,000 doses, according to a DEA statement.
"LSD is a drug we have not seen for a while in the Bay Area;
however, this sizeable seizure proves there still is a market
for the substance,'' DEA Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Pena
said in a statement.
"This alarming amount, for instance, could provide every
citizen of Watsonville with four doses each.''
Behar, Hogue, Bergstrand and Lagace are all currently in custody
after being arraigned on Friday in U.S. District Court in San
Jose, according to the DEA.
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