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Escondido felon arrested 10 times since 2020

On May 7, 2022, officers from the Escondido Police Department observed a known wanted felon in the parking lot of 1333 E Grand Ave. The male, Craig Blas, is a 32-year-old Escondido resident who had a felony no bail warrant for a Probation Violation.  Officers formed a plan to safely take Blas into custody.  Upon seeing the uniformed officers, Blas ran from the officers. Officers quickly took Blas into custody and once arrested, Blas was in possession of a handgun magazine, three fake oxycodone pills that tested positive for fentanyl, a pistol red dot sight, and $738 in cash.  Additionally, officers had observed Blas throw something into a nearby car before running. Officers found an un-serialized handgun (or “ghost gun”), 35.85 grams of methamphetamine, 235 fentanyl pills, 3.56 grams of powder fentanyl, a loaded magazine, a digital scale, and baggies consistent with the kind used to package illegal narcotics in the car.  Based on the cash, quantity of drugs, scale, and baggies, Blas was arrested for his felony warrant, being suspected of selling narcotics, being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and resisting arrest for fleeing. He is currently on PRCS Probation and County Felony Probation.
PRCS stands for Post Release Community Supervision.  The PRCS Act is a result of the passage of Propositions 47 and 57.  This means that offenders released from prison shall only be released to parole if they most recently served time for serious or violent felonies, were serving a life term, are a High-Risk Sex Offender, or are a Mentally Disordered Offender.
Blas was previously arrested for possession of an assault rifle, and short barreled shotgun in 2017 and 2018.  Blas was released on parole in 2019 after being released from prison for drug and gun charges. Since his release in 2019, Blas has been arrested numerous times on parole holds and a variety of other charges.  In 2020, he was arrested seven times for drug possession, weapons’ possession, and fleeing from police as well as parole holds.  In 2021, he was arrested one more time for drugs and weapon charges, including suspected sales of narcotics.  Blas was discharged from parole despite all of these arrests.  He was then arrested for a probation violation in April 2022.
Chief Varso said, “Thanks to the diligent effort of the officers, a dangerous felon has once again been put in jail and his guns and drugs will be kept out of the hands of criminals and off the streets.”

6 responses to “Escondido felon arrested 10 times since 2020”

  1. CG says:

    The same system who arrested and released him numerous times, gets a pat on the back for catching him this time. It’s the legal systems fault for allowing this result getting this far. Find the root cause of this problem not blame it on one person who is part of the problem in a very small fraction.

  2. Ed says:

    Democrat crime prevention at its finest!
    Keep electing them folks.

  3. Let’s see how fast he is back on the street.
    These liberal Legislators just want them all back on the street.
    Good job Escondido Police! You are appreciated…

  4. Donald says:

    I know that law enforcement has their hands by these stupid propositions and laws that the liberal facists in Sacramento pass.
    Time for new people in Sacramento and also to get rid of these soft on crime district attorneys and our state attorney general.

  5. Gerry says:

    Yeah, until next week. Our justice system is pure shit.

  6. FLR says:

    Lets see…. A Felon arrested 10 times since 2020?
    for the same kind of crimes?, guns, possession of drugs, drug sales, fleeing police, parole violation?
    what’s the point of arresting him? I know the answer !
    to set him free again !!!!


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