Sheriff's Message


Abandoned Panga Boat Found on Arroyo Quemada Beach

An abandoned panga boat was discovered by California State Parks personnel at approximately 10:45 a.m. today, March 7, 2018 on the shore at Arroyo Quemada Beach.  Personnel from the Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection responded to the scene. The 28-foot drug smuggling boat equipped with… Read more »

Two Commercial Burglary Suspects Arrested and Third Suspect Wanted

Two Los Angeles residents are in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail, due to the quick response from a Sheriff’s K-9 team, early Tuesday morning. At approximately 4:40 a.m. on March 6, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center received a report that a burglary alarm had been activated at Talevi’s Wine… Read more »

Mail Theft Suspect Arrested

A Santa Paula resident is in custody at the Santa Barbara County Jail after she was located in a vehicle on March 3, 2018, in the Painted Cave area with a large quantity of stolen mail, stolen packages and methamphetamine.  Some of the stolen property was determined to be from the Montecito disaster area.  41-year-old… Read more »

Sheriff’s Office Requests Continued Grant Funding for ATV Riverbed Enforcement

 The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is seeking grant funding to provide increased patrolling and enforcement of areas where illegal off-road vehicles are being used.  The Sheriff’s Office has received an increased number of complaints about individuals on ATV’s primarily in the Santa Ynez riverbed and surrounding areas bordering the City of Lompoc who are… Read more »

Notification of Inmate Death

At approximately 7 a.m. on March 1, 2018, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Custody Deputies found 60-year-old Henry Acuna of Santa Barbara unresponsive in his single person cell. He was transported by ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where he was admitted.  While in the hospital, Mr. Acuna’s health continued to decline and at 3:18 a.m…. Read more »

Nine Isla Vista Residents with Drug Overdose Symptoms Transported to Hospital

On March 1, 2018, at about 10:05 p.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies from the Isla Vista Foot Patrol, officers from the UCSB Police Department, Santa Barbara County Fire personnel, and AMR medics all responded to a residence in the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive for an initial report of an unconscious male. Deputies… Read more »

Mandatory Evacuation Order Lifted

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with fire agencies and other public safety officials, has announced that effective at 9 a.m. today, March 2, Mandatory Evacuation Orders are lifted for all areas. Preliminary reports indicate that the storm caused minor damage in the area. No damages were sustained to utility infrastructure. “Together we… Read more »

Sheriff’s Detectives Arrest Lompoc Resident for Alleged Methamphetamine Sales

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, detectives from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau and the Compliance Response Team conducted a probation search in the 600 block of North Fourth Street in the City of Lompoc.  Detectives contacted 35-year old Benjamin Llernas of Lompoc who was on active probation. During a search of the… Read more »

Methamphetamine Trafficking Investigation Leads to the Arrests of Two Santa Maria Residents

On Tuesday, February 27, 2018, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) concluded an investigation into subjects trafficking methamphetamine in the Santa Maria Valley/Orcutt area. SIB Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1300 block of Solomon Road. The search yielded over one ounce of methamphetamine. Santa Maria residents, 21-year-old… Read more »

Mandatory Evacuation Order Issued for Parts of Santa Barbara County Effective Noon Today

(SANTA BARBARA, Calif.) – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, in consultation with other public safety officials, has issued a Mandatory Evacuation Order effective today (Thursday, March 1) at noon for individuals near the Thomas, Sherpa and Whittier fire burn areas throughout Santa Barbara south coast (in Goleta, Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria) due… Read more »

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