Father of Hollywood Love Triangle Murder Suspect Arrested in Heroin Bust
Last summer, we brought you a sad tragedy from the streets of Hollywood involving a love triangle involving a gang-banging drug dealer, a young woman, and the struggling MMA-fighter they allegedly murdered.
Now, there's a coda to the murder of Michael Rivera. The father of the man police say pulled the trigger on New Jersey native was recently swept up in a heroin bust. Unfortunately, if the charges pan out, it's a case of like father, like son: Before his arrest in the Rivera killing, 18-year-old Alex Cabrera was also linked to the Hollywood heroin trade.
Forty-eight-year-old Augustin Cabrera -- also spelled "Agustin" in court files -- already had numerous drug charges going back to 1989, including possession of heroin and cocaine as well as a burglary charge. This set the stage for his son, Alex, who was well-known to Hollywood PD before the Rivera murder in 2013. In August 2012, a then-17-year-old Cabrera was roughed up by police after fleeing in his car -- a beatdown that was caught on videotape. His parents, including Augustin, were all over the nightly news complaining about police brutality.
Then, according to Hollywood Police records, this January detectives received a tip from a confidential informant about individuals moving large quantities of heroin on the city's east side. The informer told cops Augustin Cabrera -- street-named Negro -- another man, and a woman were moving the product out of a pair of apartments on Taft Street. "Augustin Cabrera is also involved in the sale of handguns and weapons," police were also told, according to the records.
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Police posted up outside the Taft Street apartments. The informer made a half-dozen controlled heroin buys. He also purchased a .45 caliber handgun from Cabrera. "All these purchases," the police report notes, "were within 1,000 feet of a school."
On February 3, Hollywood SWAT raided the apartments. Inside, they found Cabrera, Scott Cinelli, 24, and Katie Cafferata, 20. They also uncovered a stash of drugs: 34 grams of cocaine; 23.4 grams of heroin; and 29.8 grams of flakka, the pink crystal street bath salt that tested positive for heroin. Police also found baggies, a safe, and a digital scale.
Cabrera is now facing three charges of selling heroin within 1,000 feet of a school, a weapons offense, and possession of a weapon by a felon. Cafferata and Cinelli are facing trafficking and possession charges.
Ironically, the same Hollywood detective who busted Augustin Cabrera -- Sergio Lopez -- also collared Alex Cabrera for selling heroin out of a Washington Street apartment in July 2013.
The Rivera murder case is still winding through the legal system.
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