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Four arrested in connection with narcotics at Mountain View home

Officers arrested four people, and discovered several narcotics and drug paraphernalia, inside a downtown Mountain View home on Christmas Eve.

After weeks of investigation regarding suspicion of drug use and sales at the home, officers served a search warrant at a home on the 500 block of Church Street around 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 24. During the search warrant, four people were arrested without incident.

Those four individuals were 61-year-old Mountain View resident Sandra O’Donnell-Martell,  45-year-old Clearlake resident Donald Touchatt II, 50-year-old Mountain View resident Kathleen Polito, and 64-year-old Mountain View resident Mark Nietert. 

During a search of the home, officers initially needed to aerate the home after they walked in and a heavy cloud of smoke, from recent methamphetamine use, filled the air. After the home was safe to re-enter, officers discovered nearly 20 grams of methamphetamine, methamphetamine pipes, more than a pound of cannabis, and several grams of psychedelic mushrooms, known as psilocybin.

All four people were booked into the Santa Clara County Jail. 

Nietert, Touchatt, and O’Donnell-Martell were arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. Polito and Nietert were arrested for maintaining a place for the purpose of using, selling, or giving away controlled substances, possession of methamphetamine, possession of psilocybin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Polito was also arrested for possession of more than the legal amount of cannabis. 

“I am very proud of the hard work and perseverance by our patrol officer in this case,” said Sgt. Wahed Magee. “His thorough investigation led to the removal of dangerous substances from the streets of Mountain View.”

Media inquiries can be sent to PIO Katie Nelson at policepio@mountainview.gov.

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