LA MESA POLICE SERVE SEARCH WARRANT AT CHOP SHOP IN LA MESA; ARREST MADE ON DRUG, WEAPON AND STOLEN VEHICLE CHARGES

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December
19, 2008 (La Mesa) —
Officers from the La Mesa Police Department's
Special Enforcement Detail, and detectives from the Regional Auto Theft Task
Force (R.A.T.T.), served a search warrant at a home in the 6000 block of Amaya
Dr. in La Mesa. The search warrant stemmed from an investigation into stolen
vehicles in the area. Detectives found approximately three ounces of Cocaine,
along with quantities of Ecstasy pills, Psilocyben (Magic Mushrooms) and Marijuana
in the home. Detectives also found packaging and weighing paraphernalia that
indicated the drugs were being sold. Firearms were found with the drugs during
the search, in addition to high capacity law enforcement magazine(s) to go
with the weapon(s).

Also found at the home were vehicles in different stages of having stolen
parts installed on them, along with numerous other stolen car parts.

La Mesa Police arrested Milo Emmet MURPHY, 19 years old from La Mesa. MURPHY
was booked into the San Diego County Jail on charges including the following:
operating a chop shop, taking a vehicle without owner's consent, possession
of stolen property, possession of cocaine, ecstacy and marijuana for sale,
and unlawful possession of a shuriken (Japanese throwing weapon). Other charges
are pending and this investigation is still continuing.

If you have any information on this case, please contact the La Mesa Police
Department Investigations Unit at (619) 667-1400. You may also call Crime Stoppers'
anonymous toll-free tip line (888) 580-TIPS (or www.sdcrimestoppers.com).
You can remain anonymous, and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 for
information leading to an arrest in this case.