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Heroin bundles recovered from Leong's car


Man Arrested For Heroin Sales While Out On Bail

Randall Leong Was Booked in January For the Same Offense


Friday, October 25, 2013
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Randall Leong

A man arrested for selling heroin earlier this year was arrested again this week for the same offense. Santa Barbara resident, 29-year-old Randall Leong, was found with about 1/4 of an ounce of heroin prepackaged for sales in multicolored water balloons.

Leong was out of custody on bail from his January arrest when Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives received information that he was selling heroin again.

On Tuesday, October 22, detectives saw Leong driving northbound on Highway 101 through Carpinteria. Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies were called to assist in a traffic stop. They completed a search of his car which yielded the prepackaged heroin.

Last January, Leong was found in possession of over one ounce of heroin after a search warrant was served on him and his car. He was consequentially booked in the County Jail, then released on bail.

His current bail is set at $100,000.

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Why are we still locking up non-violent people in a cage?

When this is over, if the people who are locking people up in cages for non-violent actions themselves end up in a cage, just know that it is karma.

I'm getting pretty sick of seeing police aggress against non-violent individuals.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 25, 2013 at 12:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loon -

I suggest you should be "getting pretty sick" of reading about Leong and his freedom that permits involvement in the sales of heroin. How many people is Leong trapping, or "caging" in the world of heroin addiction? Leong was arrested with 1-ounce of heroin in January and one-quarter ounce was confiscated during his current arrest. There were approximately 23 "balloons" of heroin involved in his current arrest destined for 23 or more users/addicts.

A substantial amount of heroin is (again) involved in the arrest of this "AH," he profits at the expense of those addicts he supplies (and others). Do you believe Leong is concerned the addicts to whom he furnishes heroin pay for their addiction while very likely involved in criminal activity that can effect you and every other citizen of our city?

Theft(s), burglary, robbery and assault are just some of the crimes addicts are involved in on a daily basis to obtain money to sustain their addiction. I suspect you know a majority of addicts do not work!

Quit your whining and be thankful there are cops on the street that are removing people like Leong from our city. I would like to see Leong serve a substantial sentence behind bars. Unfortunately, he will be living an easier life in prison than the "junkies" in town he assisted in becoming addicted to heroin.

whatsinsb (anonymous profile)
October 26, 2013 at 7:54 a.m. (Suggest removal)

whatinsb, Leong isn't forcing anybody to buy heroin. If somebody wants to buy heroin, they will find it. By arresting Leong and limiting supply within a black market you drive up the price and create all of the crime you like to complain about and on top of that addicts have to rob and steal from people for their fix.

Drugs are practically worthless, the only thing that gives them value is the black market government creates that drives up the prices and profit margins and creates all of the drug related problems you see around us.

If addicts could go in and get their fix for 40 cents, which is a lot more than what it costs to produce these substances, then how many people would they have to rob?? Or could they just go out and ask somebody for change and get it over with?

In fact, if you give addicts unlimited supply they tend to do less than if you give them a limited, expensive supply. It's psychological. If you are an addict and don't know when you are going to get your next bag, you are going to do a lot more because you don't know when you will be able to get really high again. If you are rich and you are spending a significant amount of money on the drugs, you are going to do more because you want to 'get your money's worth'. If Charlie Sheen smoked a $2,000 crack rock in a night with a bunch of prostitutes he feels wealthy - when that $2,000 crack rock becomes a $10 crack rock and the prostitutes no longer really care that he has it, it doesn't give him much bragging rights in his world and so it becomes a more casual affair, if he decides to continue to do it at all.

Heroin may be a bad substance, but the government has no right to decide what individuals buy, sell or put in their body as long as they aren't forcing or hurting anybody else. In fact, if opiates were legal, I think you would see a lot more people medicating safely with opium and less people abusing heroin and other more dangerous prescription opiates. The net result would not be an increase in drug usage, not with all of the opiates and pain medications available by prescription. In fact, cannabis would also be legal and much cheaper and most people would be able to manage their pain with an even more safe of a substance. The reason people get pushed into using harder, more dangerous substances is almost purely due to the black market.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 28, 2013 at 10:30 a.m. (Suggest removal)

If a person wants to buy any drug, including heroin, I agree they will find a worm (like Leong) to secure their drug of choice. Leong is not "forcing" anyone to buy the heroin he sells. Leong is simply selling his heroin to a person that will become addicted, remain addicted and require more and more of the illegal drug Leong provides to establish and maintain their "high." An addict is almost always a non-productive member of society that becomes dependent on some form of government financial assistance to survive.

You are wrong if you believe the arrest of Leong or any other "street dealer," for the most part, will have an impact on the price of heroin on the street. The price of heroin is almost always determined by a (major) shortage of this narcotic for any number of reasons, i.e., problems in the fields, production, (major) seizures, etc. You are also wrong if you believe what you refer to as the "black market" has anything to do with a person using "harder, more dangerous substances." What generally drives most people to use stronger legal and illegal substances is the fact that they can no longer achieve their desired effect, their "high," with whatever drug they are using.

You start furnishing heroin to addicts all you are going to get is an increase in the number of persons addicted to this narcotic. It appears you don't understand the physiological effects of heroin on the body. Over time, the addict will require more and more heroin keep their "high."

In your earlier post (10-25, 12:02) you infer Leong, a heroin dealer, is a "non-violent" person. Do you believe a heroin addict is a violent or a non-violent person?

whatsinsb (anonymous profile)
October 28, 2013 at 10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Mr. Leong, is a Habitual Offender, that's two Strikes and he'll be a full time resident in our Prison system after his next one (Third Strike).

dou4now (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2013 at 8:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

whatinsb, everything you posted is wrong.

If a SINGLE drug dealer in SB has a surge in customers because of Leong they may very well raise their prices or weigh out smaller bags, I didn't say that fighting a guy like Leong will have an affect on the broader average market price.. but that CAN be affected by the war on drugs if they make a larger bust. So everything you said about prices is wrong. The ONLY point I am making, which is absolutely correct, is that the price of heroin is very high because of the war on drugs, and fighting the war harder makes the prices go up. That is a plain fact, you cannot pretend it doesn't exist.

As far as doing harder substances, why don't you go out and ask the heroin addicts if they would buy some opium from you? Do you have any opium? I doubt you do, nobodoy does. That's because heroin is a lot more compact and a lot more profitable to smuggle than opium, so there is no opium. The fact is if opium was available, it is MUCH safer and does not have the nasty come down that heroin does, MANY opiate addicts whether addicted to dangerous prescription versions or heroin would turn to opium because it is not as addictive and does not have the negative come down effects of heroin.

Also, most people who try heroin don't get addicted. The rate of addiction is actually a lot smaller than most people realize. If it isn't heroin, the heroin addict would be addicted to something else. Even gambling. But I would bet most would switch to opium if given the opportunity.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2013 at 8:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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