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September 28, 2022

Man arrested for drug possession and sales, including to minors

APTOS—A man was arrested Thursday in the Safeway parking lot in Aptos after he allegedly provided illegal drugs to a minor.

When Special Enforcement Detectives with the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office contacted Benjamin Reynolds, he was in possession of numerous baggies of cocaine, marijuana, and psilocybin mushrooms, all of which were packaged for sale. Detectives say he also had 54 counterfeit pills he originally thought were Adderall, but later said were fentanyl based on the effects when he took it. 

Reynolds was arrested for multiple felony charges after he admitted to selling narcotics to both adults and minors, but said he doesn’t like to sell to anyone under 17. 

“This is an example of how unsafe illegal narcotics — things may be far from what they appear,” The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post. “Parents, please be vigilant in warning your children about the dangers of illegal drugs. We need to work together as a community to educate and protect our youth.”

Tarmo Hannula
Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.

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