Morning raid nets weapons, drugs


A 21-year-old El Verano resident was arrested Wednesday on numerous drug and weapons charges.

At about 7:30 a.m., Sonoma County Sheriff’s Property Crimes detectives arrested 21-year-old Ryan Christopher Cordano at his residence in the 18800 block of Serpilio Drive in El Verano.

Sgt. Mike Raasch, with the property crimes unit, in a statement, said, detectives received information from an informant that Cordano was in possession of narcotics for sale and was selling drugs from his house.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for Cordano’s residence and his vehicle and arrested him as he left the residence at 7:30 a.m.

Raasch said detectives searched Cordano’s bedroom, which was a converted garage and located two assault rifles, a sawed-off shotgun, one semi-automatic handgun, two pounds of processed marijuana, a half-ounce of heroin, currency, packaging material, and a digital scale.

The detectives found additional marijuana and a bottle of liquor inside Cordano’s 16-year-old brother’s bedroom. The juvenile was issued a citation for minor in possession of alcohol and possession of marijuana.

Cordano was booked at the Sonoma County jail for possession of heroin for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possessing an illegal assault weapon, possession of a high-capacity ammunition magazine, and possession of narcotics while armed.

Cordano’s bail was set at $150,000.


  • Mike

    I live down the street. The suspect was NOT home at the time they broke down the door. I saw him drive by on a street that bypassed Serpiilo, and return later to presumably, “face the music” and was handcuffed. An interesting thing was that the house next door has been vacant for several years, the owner from the East Bay is rarely there. I would think that if Police were looking for illegal contraband, they would have looked in that house also, but no. Also, while the SWAT team with 15+ officers had their rifles trained on the front door, the suspect drove by on Arbor avenue, at right angles to Serpilio, and the Police did not even see him. I did, as I know his vehicle, and I could see him from my livingroom window, and the Police could have seen him if they were not so focused on the front door. Fortunately, no shots were fired, as no one was home, but it seems sloppy police work. I had noticed Police cars driving in our neighborhood for the past 3 days, when they very rarely do that. I am sure they knew no vehicles normally at the house were present. If I were a criminal, and noticed the patrols, I would have moved my contraband somewhere, maybe next door in the unoccupied house. Apparently never occourred to the Police.

    • puff n tuff

      i think you expect way to much from law enforcement…

      • Mike


      • Fah-Q

        Hey puff you’re everywhere!

        • puff n tuff

          puffn on my brotha!!

  • Lank Thompson

    Mike you should be a detective. They had a search warrant for Ryans house. Thats why they didnt care about the vacant home.