Logo horizontal ruler


About Us Contact

Police Sting Nabs 11, Shuts Down Motel

By Lookout Staff

July 25 -- The owner of a Santa Monica motel was arrested for receiving stolen property, and ten of his tenants were arrested for narcotics possession and other violations during a police sting Monday morning, police said.

City building officials then closed the Pavilion Motel, 2338 Ocean Park Boulevard, for several code violations, police said. More arrests are expected.

The operation began at 11:30 a.m., when Narcotics Investigators looking into allegations of rampant drug activity at and near the motel in the Sunset Park area of Santa Monica served arrest and search warrants at the site.

Saeed Farzam, the motel’s owner, was arrested after he purchased what he believed to be stolen electronic equipment during an undercover police sting, said Lt. Alex Padilla, the Police Department spokesman.

A search warrant was then served on Farzam’s Santa Monica residence, where police recovered additional evidence, Padilla said.

Farzam was booked for receiving stolen property at the Santa Monica Jail and his bail is set at $20,000, police said.

Later on Monday, Narcotics Investigators served additional arrest and search warrants at the Pavilion Motel, resulting in the arrest of ten persons for a variety of narcotics-related crimes and for parole and probation violations, Padilla said.

The City of Santa Monica’s Building and Safety Division, Code Compliance, Santa Monica Fire Department and the County Health Department conducted an inspection of the motel pursuant to an administrative warrant, according to police.

The inspectors found several code violations and posted a “Yellow Tag” notice on the structure, which prohibits anyone from renting rooms or staying at the motel until the violations are repaired, police said.

Tenants will be allowed to access their motel rooms in order to obtain their personal
possessions, police said. The Police Department assisted four indigent persons with finding temporary housing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation should call the Narcotics Detail of the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8455.







Lookout Logo footer image
Copyright 1999-2008 surfsantamonica.com. All Rights Reserved.
Footer Email icon