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Drug dealer arrested at squalid house takes deal
July 11, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Edward Alves

A methamphetamine dealer arrested after county law enforcement swarmed a suspected San Carlos drug house so squalid a building inspector deemed it uninhabitable pleaded no contest to a felony drug sales charge in return for no more than six months in jail.

Edward Joseph Alves, 48, of Redwood City, was originally charged with several counts but settled his case rather than head to trial. He will be sentenced Oct. 12.

Alves was one of three people arrested June 1, 2011 at a home on the 1500 block of Greenwood Avenue after police received several complaints last March about suspected drug dealing. Authorities found the three individuals in the home along with a 5-year-old child, eight pit bulls and a significant amount of animal waste. A San Carlos building inspector called to the scene condemned the home.

At one sale, house resident Sarah Jane DiLorenzo told the informant her crystal methamphetamine source had not arrived. Shortly after, Alves reportedly appeared and placed an item in a dresser. DiLorenzo retrieved the item and gave the informant the requested drugs. At another, DiLorenzo’s 5-year-old daughter was present at the sale.

On June 1, 2011, the informant asked for more methamphetamine and drug agents watching the home reported seeing Alves visit briefly. The agents pulled Alves over and reported finding in his truck two ounces of methamphetamine. A search of the Greenwood Avenue home turned up methamphetamine, packing materials, pay-owe sheets and sales paraphernalia.

DiLorenzo, 26, pleaded no contest to felony methamphetamine sales and misdemeanor child endangerment charges and was sentenced to six months jail.

Alves is free from custody on a $80,000 bond pending sentencing.

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