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Santa Paula Man Arrested for DUI, Drug Manufacturing Lab Found in Vehicle

Goleta, Calif. – On Friday, July 21, 2023, at approximately 6:27 p.m., deputies responded to the 5500-block of Hollister for a report of a subject who had passed out in a vehicle. When deputies arrived, they contacted 24-year-old Dawson Geoffry Carter in his vehicle in the parking lot of a business. Deputies determined that Carter had driven to the business while being under the influence and he was subsequently arrested.

During a search of Carter’s vehicle, deputies found a clandestine drug manufacturing lab with numerous controlled substances including methamphetamine, heroin, LSD, MDMA, and psilocybin along with evidence of drug sales and manufacturing. Carter was booked at the main jail for driving under the influence (misdemeanor), possession of burglary tools (misdemeanor), maintaining a lab for manufacturing drugs (felony), drug sales (felony), and transportation for sales (felony) and was later released on bail.

The Sheriff’s Office would like to acknowledge the good Samaritan who reported this suspected DUI driver. Thanks to that reporting party, a DUI driver was taken off the streets along with a significant amount of dangerous drugs.

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