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Illicit drug bust: Man arrested with meth, cocaine, and PCP

On Thursday, Jan 30, at 10:17 p.m., an LBPD officer made a traffic stop at South Coast Hwy and Vista Del Sol, and contacted the driver Jonathan Ditmer. 

According to LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota, “A vehicle search was conducted which resulted in officers finding a large amount of drugs. The drugs included marijuana, MDMA, methamphetamine, psilocybin, PCP, edibles, concentrated cannabis, cocaine, and an unknown white powder.”

Sgt Cota said, “Ditmer had the drugs separated into multiple smaller bags. $6,620 in cash, a digital scale, cell phone, and a soda can with a false compartment concealing multiple baggies of drugs inside were also found.”

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Suspect Jonathan Ditmer with drugs found in his vehicle

Jonathan Robert Ditmer, 44, was placed in custody for alleged possession for sales of controlled substances, in addition to several other narcotic charges. 

“It should be noted that Ditmer was also arrested on Sept 22, 2019 by LBPD,” Sgt Cota said.

Bail was set at $100,000.

Editor’s Note: An arrest contains allegations that a suspect has committed a crime. Every suspect is presumed to be innocent until and unless proven guilty in court.

Pedestrian hit by car found at fault, according to LBPD

On Saturday, Jan 25, at 8:57 p.m., LBPD and LBFD responded to a reported vehicle versus pedestrian traffic collision at the intersection of South Coast Hwy and Ocean Avenue.

According to Sgt Cota, “The driver was a male Beverly Hills resident. The pedestrian was identified as a homeless female. Independent witnesses stated that the driver was driving his BMW north on South Coast Hwy in the number one traffic lane driving at approximately 35 mph.”

Sgt Cota said, “The traffic signal was green as he entered into the intersection. At the same time, the [subject] crossed South Coast Hwy, walking west to east against the red ‘DON’T WALK’ signal.”

Sgt Cota said, “The driver’s side view mirror of the BMW collided with the pedestrian and one of the drivers’ side tires drove over the top of her right foot.”

She was allegedly intoxicated and determined to be at fault, according to Sgt Cota. She refused medical attention and the only visible injury she sustained was a laceration to her foot. A report was taken.

-By Suzie Harrison