The following is a press release issued by the Santa Rosa Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 8/16/2022 at 10:30 am, the Santa Rosa Police Department received a call from an alarm company about a residential burglary alarm located in the 1900-block of Fountainview Circle. Patrol officers arrived on the scene to investigate and immediately noted the garage door open. Officers also noticed the interior garage door to the residence was also unlocked. Residential burglaries are common during the day, and coupled with the burglary alarm being active, officers believed a suspect could be inside the residence. Officers announced their presence to see if the homeowner was home or to get a suspect to surrender. No one acknowledged the announcement.
Officers conducted a protective sweep of the residence, investigating a possible in-progress burglary. During the search for a suspect, officers observed a large quantity of suspected narcotics inside the residence and in plain view. Officers did not immediately act on their findings but continued to search the residence for a possible burglar. When the home was determined to be safe, officers exited the residence and contacted SRPD Narcotics detectives.
Officers and Detectives later determined that the resident of the home was Ray Williams, a 39-year-old.
SRPD Narcotics detectives authored a search warrant for the residence. At noon, detectives served the search warrant at the Fountainview Circle residence. The following items of evidence were located:
- Plastic storage container containing (3) pounds of suspected cocaine
- 1-packaged Kilo of cocaine (2.2 pounds)
- $320,000 in cash
- 1- AR style rifle
Items indicative of drug sales were also located inside the residence. These items included various other types of prescription drugs, packaging material, a digital scale, and a sifter. The amount of cocaine located in the residence has an estimated street value of $100,000.
During the initial portion of the investigation, Williams was contacted via cell phone by detectives. Williams agreed and later met with detectives at the Santa Rosa Police Department. Ray was subsequently arrested and booked at the Sonoma County Jail for:
- Narcotics Trafficking (cocaine)
- Possession of drugs with a loaded firearm
- Convicted felon in possession of firearms and ammunition
- Possession of an assault rifle.