Yesterday, Craig Blas was sentenced to 7 years in State prison. I want to thank everyone who spoke out against this dangerous criminal. During the hearing, Judge Simmons acknowledged all of the letters he received from residents in North County. Our community is safer because of everyone stepping up and voicing their concerns!
If you’re unfamiliar with Blas’ story, he has been repeatedly arrested, and then paroled and released – 10 times since 2020. He was arrested most recently on May 11, 2022 for a probation violation. During the arrest, he was found with a handgun magazine, 36 grams of methamphetamine, 235 fentanyl pills, 3.6 grams of powder fentanyl, a loaded magazine, a digital scale, and baggies consistent with the kind used to package illegal narcotics in the car.
I thought District Attorney Summer Stephan said it best following the sentencing, “The time has run out on this habitual criminal who took advantage of weakened laws and emergency orders to continue to commit crimes and harm his community. That is why he stands convicted of every charge and the Judge is appropriately sentencing him to prison. We need to continue to fight against the loopholes and deficiencies in the law that are being used by repeat offenders to their own advantage.”
I too want to thank the judge for appropriately sentencing this criminal and keeping our community safer. Repeat offenders know the loopholes of the law and it’s time for these criminals to stay behind bars.
Over the coming weeks, I’m going to work with District Attorney Stephan to close many of these loopholes, which allow dangerous criminals back on our streets. But for now, a victory for safety in North County!
San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond