Clipped from US, California, Oxnard, Oxnard Press Courier, May 23, 1973

Heroin Dealer Asks To Withdraw PleasOxnard heroin dealer Rlas Arzabal, 31, Tuesday asked to withdraw the guilty pleas which, according to a deputy probation officer, should send him to prison up to life.Arzabal. of 123914 S. C St., had pleaded guilty without a trial May 1 to receiving stolen property and selling heroin — apparently in hopes that he would get a lighter sentence than he might if convicted by a jury.Officer’s ReportRut deputy probation officer Joe Kitko found “no circumstances in mitigation” of the offenses Arzabal pleaded guilty to — for whatever his reasons.“Facts in this case indicate the defendant was trafficking in large quantities of heroin and that his sole motivation was monetary gain . . a stern Kitko reported to Ventura Superior Court Judge Robert Shaw'. “Anything short of commitment to the Department of Corrections (prison) would be a miscarriage of justice.”The Ventura County Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement said Arzabal, apparently not a drug user himself, had long boon suspected of taking stolen property from narcotics addicts in exchange for heroin. 11 is wife, Guadalupe Maria, 27, pleaded guilty of possessing heroin for sale on the same date Arzabal allegedly took in the stolen property on the charge he had admitted.Hearing SlatedJudge Shaw scheduled a hearing June 4 on Arzabal’smotion to withdraw his guilty pleas. Meanwhile, Arzabal announced he is changing attorneys and has retained Roger Borrell.Judge Shaw also postponed sentencing for Arabal’s wife, who gave birth to a child immediately after entering the guilty plea and was unable to talk to a probation officer for a required report. The Arzabals have eight children, including three he is rearing from a prior marriage.