BARSTOW - The occasional baggy stuffed into a sock or a pocket is not an uncommon find for Barstow police officers.

But Det. Keith Libby said Friday's score of about 20 pounds of marijuana is unusual.

At about noon on Friday, detectives Libby and Leo Griego arrested Tyrone Coleman, 38, and Shelia Cromwell, 35, for several drug related charges after finding a large stash of drugs inside a house on the 1000 block of Flora.

During a search of house, which is near Henderson school, the detectives found about 20 pounds of marijuana packaged in bricks, a loaded .45 caliber pistol, $700 in cash, a half ounce of suspected methamphetamine and a small amount of suspected cocaine.

Libby said he and Det. Jeremy Bledsoe had been monitoring Coleman for about a month as part of an ongoing drug investigation. The police department had knowledge that narcotic activity was going on at the residence.

"The initial information came from a WeTip," Libby said. "Then we developed more information and talked to more people."

On Friday, Libby and Griego were working a separate investigation when they noticed a car parked in front of the Flora residence and decided to keep an eye on it. The car left, Libby and Griego followed, making a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. They identified Cromwell and Coleman, who was a parolee, in the car. Coleman said he was coming from a different address than what the detectives had observed.

"His conduct seemed suspicious, so we detained him," Libby said.

As part of Coleman's parole, the detectives searched his home where they found the drugs and gun. Coleman was booked for suspicion of possession of marijuana for sales, possession of methamphetamine for sales, for being an ex-felon in possession of a gun and for sales of a controlled substance within 1000 feet of a school. Cromwell was booked on similar charges.

Anyone with information about the shooting can contact the Barstow Police Department at 256-2211. People with information that wish to remain anonymous can call WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME or leave information on the WeTip Web site at

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