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Suspected Gang Member Arrested Following Search Warrant and Investigation

At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, April 23, 2019, members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff Narcotics Unit executed a search warrant service in the 600 block of W. Morrison Ave in the City of Santa Maria. During the search, detectives recovered approximately five pounds of methamphetamine, four ounces of cocaine, three ounces of black tar heroin, $7,000 in cash and a stolen 9mm handgun.

As part of the investigation, detectives arrested 24-year-old Filogencio Mendoza Diaz of Santa Maria. Diaz is suspected of being an associate of a local criminal street gang. He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail for a variety of felony charges. His bail was set at $100,000, however he is being held on a no bail probation detainer.

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