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Wanted Suspect with Loaded Firearm and Large Quantity of Drugs Arrested

On Friday, October 12, 2018, members of the AB109 Compliance Response Team (CRT) conducted an investigation into the whereabouts of wanted Post-Sentencing Supervision offender, 35 year-old Erik Duran.  Duran, a convicted felon and resident of Santa Maria, had a no bail warrant for his arrest due to absconding from the terms of his AB109 probation.  In the afternoon, CRT members tracked Duran to a storage facility located on the 300 block of Roemer Way in Santa Maria.

CRT located Duran inside the rear cargo area of a vehicle parked near a storage unit.  Upon contact, Duran fled from CRT members, leading them on a brief foot pursuit.  Duran was apprehended after a short chase.

A search of Duran’s vehicle revealed 7 ½  pounds of methamphetamine, ½ pound of heroin, over $3000 in cash, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, 17 rounds of handgun ammunition, brass knuckles and a taser disguised as a flashlight.

Duran was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the following charges:

  • Possession of methamphetamine for sales – Health & Safety Code §11378
  • Possession of heroin for sales – Health & Safety Code §11351
  • Possession of a loaded/concealed firearm with narcotics for sale – Health & Safety Code §11370.1
  • Felon possess firearm – Penal Code §29800(a)(1)
  • Felon possess ammunition – Penal Code §30305(a)(1)
  • Felon possess stun gun – Penal Code §22610(a)
  • Possess brass knuckles – Penal Code §21810
  • Resisting arrest – Penal Code §148(a)(1)
  • Probation violation – Penal Code §1170(h)(5)(B)

 The Compliance Response Team is funded by realignment money distributed through the Community Corrections Partnership, a committee of various county law enforcement and judicial representatives. CRT consists of Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies and a Probation Officer.  

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