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Folsom drug deal ends in shooting

By: Laura Newell, Telegraph staff writer
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Shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday night, Folsom police officers responded to the report of gunshots being fired in the 400 block of Turn Pike Drive. Jeffrey Jurgens, 19, of Citrus Heights, was arrested for possession of narcotics with the intent to sell. Dustin Paiz, 22, of Folsom, was arrested as being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of a narcotic (illegal prescription), possession of an illegal weapon (nunchakus) and assault with a deadly weapon. “The occupants in one car, said the shooting started from a drug transaction that occurred earlier in the week,” said Jason Browning, Folsom police officer. “It’s a retribution type of shooting.” Paiz and Jurgens were booked into the Sacramento County Jail on the aforementioned charges. Paiz is being held in lieu of $95,000 and Jurgens is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail. “It happens,” Browning said. “This is an example of the violence that happens with any type of drugs including Marijuana.” Upon officer’s arrival Sunday night, Browning said officers located seven .25 caliber shell casings on the street, but no victims or suspects were located. A white Mercedes was seen leaving the area towards Blue Ravine Road. Twenty minutes after the initial report, an officer located the suspect vehicle traveling on East Bidwell Street at Oak Avenue Parkway. After a brief investigation, the officer was able to link the vehicle and it’s occupants to the shooting on Turn Pike Drive, said Browning. During a search of the vehicle incident to the driver’s arrest, officers located Cocaine, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, digital scales, and packaging material, said Browning. Further investigation resulting from the vehicle stop led officers to Paiz’s home in the 100 block of John Henry Circle in Folsom. There, officers conducted a probation search. During the search of Paiz’s residence, Browning said officers located more marijuana, a .25 caliber semi-automatic pistol and a shotgun. Due to Paiz’s medicinal recommendation for the marijuana he was not charged with possession of the drug, said Browning. The .25 caliber handgun located in Paiz’s possession was linked to the shooting through suspect statements. Kathy Gvist, 63, has lived on Cassin Court near Turn Pike Drive for 17 years, and said she thought something out of the ordinary was going on Sunday in her neighborhood. “I didn’t here anything last night, but yesterday it was so strange because I saw a line of police cars come out in our neighborhood earlier in the day, so I thought something was going on,” Gvist said. “But I don’t know why they were there.” She said in general, there is not a lot of suspicious activity in her neighborhood. She said she was shocked to hear about the drug related shooting. “That’s pretty scary,” Gvist said. “I’m unemployed right now and walk everyday, but I would never walk at night. This makes me nervous.” Browning said while this is an infrequent incident to the area, this kind of crime does happen in Folsom. “No, there is not a rise in Folsom,” Browning said. “The reality is they (drug transactions) occur all the time and this time all the parties had a direct connection to Folsom.” Browning encourages the local community to report any drug related concerns or suspicions to the police department’s WeTip crime hotline at (800) 78-CRIME. The WeTip crime hotline allows citizens to report crimes anonymously. The City of Folsom partnered with WeTip in January 2002. For more information visit, folsom.ca.us/depts/police/get_involved/crime.asp. “If you think narcotic transactions are going on, report them to the police department,” Browning said. “If possible try to give information including license plates and names. It takes a community to keep this out of our town.”