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Cannabis Compliance Team Seizes Cannabis and More near Buellton

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Cannabis Compliance Team concluded an investigation involving a fraudulent and illegal commercial cannabis cultivation operator in the 2000 block of W. Highway 246, just outside the city limits of Buellton. During this investigation, it was believed the owner/operator had created false documents to obtain a temporary state cannabis license. The… Read more »

Public Assistance Requested to Locate Residential Burglary Suspects

Just before 1:00 p.m. today, February 20, 2019, Sheriff’s deputies responded to an alarm call at a residence in the 1000 block of Cambridge Drive in the City of Goleta.  While they were responding, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center also received a report of suspicious circumstances at the address.  A delivery truck… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

Freddy Ochoa Is wanted on a $90,000.00 felony warrant charging him with possession for sale of a narcotic or controlled substance and identity theft.  He is described as 5-6, 160 lbs. with black hair and brown eyes.  His last known address was in Lompoc CA.

Adult and Juvenile Arrested-Loaded Handgun Seized

At approximately 12:20 a.m. on February 16, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting suspicious persons parked in the area of Lorraine Avenue and East Rice Ranch Road. The area has been the subject of burglaries recently and residents were concerned. When Deputies arrived on scene, a juvenile… Read more »

Two Santa Maria Men Arrested Following Traffic Stop and Discovery of Loaded Pistol

 At approximately 7:18 p.m. on February 17, 2019, a deputy assigned to the Santa Maria Sheriff’s Station attempted to stop a vehicle in the area of S. Bradley Rd and Larch Ave.. The vehicle was eventually stopped on Shady Glen Dr. and the two occupants contacted. A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure… Read more »

Deputies Respond to Report of Shots Fired in Goleta Neighborhood

At approximately 11:30 p.m., on Friday, February 15, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies from the Goleta Valley Bureau responded to the 200 block of Santa Barbara Shores Drive for a report of gunshots heard in the area. While the deputies were responding to this call for service, several more reports of gunshots heard were received… Read more »

Most Wanted Wednesday

Marguan Lara-Mendoza is wanted on a $100,000.00 felony warrant charging him with failing to appear after posting bail, 1st degree robbery and 1st degree burglary.  He is described as 5-7, 190 lbs with black hair and brown eyes.  His last known address was in Goleta CA.

Sheriff’s Office Investigates Report of Juvenile with Gunshot Wound

Just before 7:00 p.m. tonight, February 11, 2019, Sheriff’s deputies responded to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital in the City of Goleta to a report of a 17-year-old male juvenile with a single gunshot wound.  Sheriff’s deputies are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.  The gunshot wound does not appear to be life-threatening. The Santa Barbara… Read more »

Cannabis Compliance Team Serves Search Warrant at Cultivation Facility Allegedly Operating with Fraudulent License

At approximately 7:00 a.m. this morning, February 11, 2019, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team (CCT) served a search warrant in the 2000 block of Wild Oak Road in an unincorporated area near Lompoc. The search warrant was obtained after an investigation revealed the cannabis cultivation facility was operating with a temporary license… Read more »

Sheriff’s K9 Team Apprehend Stalking Suspect

Just after 9:00 p.m. on February 9, 2019, deputies assigned to the Goleta Valley responded to the area of Camino de Vida at Turnpike Road for a report of a stalking incident.  The suspect was identified as being 50-year old Carlos Medina of Santa Barbara.  Sheriff’s deputies determined Medina was on active parole with the… Read more »

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