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By Samuel Alioto
Observer Staff Writer 

After gunshots were heard, Drug Dealers Arrested on 7th and Broadway

The three men were released immediately, in accordance with current policy.


February 15, 2022

Broadway and 7th Street in Santa Monica

2/7/22: At about 9:30 PM SMPD Officers responded to a call about gunshots fired in the area of the 1500 block of 7th Street. A witness told police that he saw a red truck fleeing the area at a high rate of speed, after the gunshots.

SMPD officers found a Red Dodge pickup truck and initiated a traffic stop of that vehicle in the 300 block of Colorado Ave.

The three men in the vehicle had suspiciously large amount of cash. Police identified the three men in the vehicle as Andres Avelar, 23, of Modesto; Fernando Rodriguez, 19 from Turlock; and Kody Marlow, 25, from Fresno. During the course of the officer's investigation, officers recovered a duffle bag containing over $58,000 in US currency, and over 9 pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana inside the vehicle.

Officers arrested the three men and took them to the SMPD lock up. All three were booked for 11359(b) PC – Possession of Marijuana with intent to Distribute. Finding no victims with gunshot wounds, Police did not charge anyone with firearms violations. The three men were released immediately, in accordance with current policy.

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