Man tied to East Long Beach drug house arrested for possessing illegal firearm, police say

A 62-year-old man whose East Long Beach home has been the target of multiple drug seizures in the past year was arrested earlier this month after police said they discovered he was in possession of an unserialized firearm.

Joseph Navetta was taken into custody just after 8:45 a.m. Sept. 1, following a traffic stop in the area of Spring Street and Bellflower Boulevard. Officers patrolling the area stopped Navetta after they observed him driving a vehicle with multiple equipment violations, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

During the traffic stop, officers discovered that Navetta, who is on probation, had a warrant out for his arrest and detained him, according to the LBPD.

Following his arrest, officers conducted a probation compliance check on Navetta’s residence, which court documents list as being located in the 3100 block of Bellflower Boulevard. At the residence, officers found an unserialized gun, along with narcotics, authorities said.

Navetta, whom court records describe as a drug supplier with several drug-related cases in Oklahoma, was booked on an outstanding felony warrant, one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm, one count of possession of an assault weapon and one count of possession of an unserialized firearm. Navetta was released on his own recognizance later that afternoon after posting bail, court records show.

According to a search warrant filed in Long Beach Superior Court, Navetta was previously arrested in October after police searched his home and found over 50 grams of methamphetamine, 30 grams of fentanyl, scales, drug paraphernalia and packaging equipment.

In July, officers conducted a search of Navetta’s home in the 3100 block of Bellflower Boulevard and seized several ounces of narcotics, including fentanyl, court records show.

Navetta, who was out on parole at the time, was detained at the scene, but police said he was not booked and later released because “there wasn’t sufficient evidence linking him to the criminal activities at the time.”

During the most recent search of Navetta’s home, two other people, 55-year-old Timothy Ratkay of Long Beach, and 32-year-old Kaija Cook of San Clemente were also arrested.

Ratkay was booked on one count of possession of narcotics for sale. He was released the same afternoon after posting $30,000 bail.

Meanwhile, Cook was booked on three outstanding felony warrants and one count each for bringing a controlled substance into jail and possession of a controlled substance. Inmate records show Cook remains jailed in lieu of $825,000 bail.

Man arrested on suspicion of operating drug house in East Long Beach, police say

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Fernando Haro is the Long Beach Post's breaking news and public safety reporter.
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