press release - 04181301

Sheriff's Gang Enforcement Serves Search Warrant at Home of Suspected Gang Member

Lompoc - April 18th, 2013

On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, detectives from the Sheriff’s Gang Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team and the Lompoc Police Department, served a search warrant at the residence of an alleged criminal street gang member who was previously arrested on April 3rd for weapons related charges during a traffic stop near Arcturus Avenue and Auriga Avenue in Vandenberg Village, Lompoc. 

The search warrant was served in the 200-block of West North Avenue in the city of Lompoc, at approximately 6:00 a.m. this morning.  During the service of the search warrant, several pieces of suspected gang related evidence were found.  No additional arrests were made and no new charges are pending as a result of the warrant service.  The service of this warrant was conducted in furtherance of the below noted 186.22(b)(1)(B) P.C. – Gang enhancement allegation.  The Sheriff’s Gang Enforcement Unit actively seeks to protect our communities through the proactive investigation of gang related crimes.


On Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at approximately 1:00 a.m., a deputy from the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, assigned to the Lompoc Sub-Station, conducted a traffic stop for an inoperable headlight, near the intersection of Arcturus Avenue at Auriga Avenue in Vandenberg Village, Lompoc.  During the course of the enforcement stop, the deputy located a mini-baseball bat with gang related writing upon it, which was believed to be possessed as a weapon. 

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old James Valrie, Jr. of Lompoc, was arrested.  Valrie was booked into the Lompoc City Jail for a violation of 22210 P.C. – Possession of a billy club and 186.22(b)(1)(B) P.C. – Gang enhancement allegation. 

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