A suspected methamphetamine dealer arrested after county law enforcement swarmed a suspected San Carlos drug house so squalid a building inspector deemed it uninhabitable will stand trial in May.
Edward Joseph Alves, 47, of Redwood City, pleaded not guilty Friday morning to several felonies, including several drug charges, and was scheduled for a May 14 jury trial. Last month, he sped up the process by waiving a preliminary hearing on the evidence.
Alves was one of three people arrested at the Greenwood Avenue home 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.
Soon after receiving tips about the home on the 1500 block of Greenwood Avenue, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force monitored the household and, between May and June 2011, an undercover informant arranged several covert buys of crystal methamphetamine from Sarah Jane DiLorenzo, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
At one sale, DiLorenzo told the informant her drug 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, 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, 25, pleaded no contest to felony methamphetamine sales and misdemeanor child endangerment charges in June in return for six months jail and three years supervised probation.
Alves remains free from custody on a $80,000 bond.