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Carpinteria Drug Arrests
updated: Nov 30, 2012, 1:33 PM

Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department

On 11-30-2012, at approximately 0700 hours, deputies from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department served a search warrant at 4870 Malibu Drive, Carpinteria.

As a result of an on-going marijuana growing investigation a search warrant was obtained by patrol deputies. In conjunction with narcotics and criminal investigations detectives, the search warrant was served at the single family residence that was also located in close proximity to an elementary school. Located during the execution of the search warrant was; approximately 88 growing marijuana plants (in various stages of growth, from seedlings to mature plants), a sophisticated growing operation in three separate locations on the property, a small amount of suspected methamphetamines, packaged and processed marijuana, and evidence of sales of marijuana.

Four individuals were arrested at the residence and booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for various drug related charges. Arrested at the residence were:

Brain Lopez Sr. DOB 1-22-1960
11359 H&S (Possession for Sales of Marijuana)
11358 H&S (Cultivation of Marijuana)
11550 H&S (Under the influence of a Controlled Substance)
11377 H&S (Possession of Methamphetamines)

Amber Iverson, DOB 4-1-1985
11377 H&S (Possession of Methamphetamines)
11550 H&S (Under the influence of a Controlled Substance)

Patrick Bollinger, DOB 4-27-1975
11550 H&S (Under the influence of a Controlled Substance)

Irene Hernandez, DOB 2-27-1963
11550 H&S (Under the influence of a Controlled Substance)
11377 H&S (Possession of Methamphetamines)

This investigation is on-going and will be submitted to the District Attorney for filing of charges.

Comments in order of when they were received | (reverse order)

 COMMENT 348856 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 01:54 PM

I wish all these meth and crack heads would leave marijuana out the picture. Its people like this that give MJ a bad rep. Down with the leaf, not down with the crank..Busted.

 

 COMMENT 348895P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:34 PM

People growing weed in this county? What the...

 

 COMMENT 348903 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 02:47 PM

Brain Lopez Sr must have been the "brains" of the operation.

 

 COMMENT 348922P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 03:16 PM

I've seen those names listed before....

 

 COMMENT 348932P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 03:26 PM

Wonder if they were caught by their smart-meter? Mubwahaha!

 

 COMMENT 348963 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 04:16 PM

And I thought weed didn't led to more dangerous drugs.

 

 COMMENT 348966 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 04:20 PM

963 - weed doesn't necessarily cause people to use more dangerouse drugs. Here, you have a few farmers it seems that need to stay up "overtime" and used methamphetamines to do so.

Legalize weed and we'll no longer have this problem. Come on people!

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 05:04 PM

I've already legalized it over here!

 

 COMMENT 349036P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 07:48 PM

"A small amount of suspected methamphetamines" among four people, kinda vague about this, maybe they bought a couple of prescription Adderall from a high school kid. Local cops really like to destroy legal medical cannabis, and a residential collective is legal next door to a school. In any case, if cops don't have anything better to do we have too many cops and some should be laid off. There are too many vulnerable people who are hurting due to diversion of funds from human services budgets to pay for a corrupt police state that's destroying our economy as well as lives.

 

 COMMENT 349067 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-11-30 09:21 PM

I wonder when the cops will move on to real crime like theft and fraud. But that's hard work.

Let' just get over this failed war on (some) drugs.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 06:31 AM

Maybe if they spent their efforts on other crimes there would be enough police but I doubt it. While marijuana is much less harmful than even alcohol other more potent drugs like speed should not be legal.

 

 COMMENT 349100P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 07:21 AM

The cost of marijuana interdiction is staggering: Investigation, getting the warrant, salaries for the cops, etc., all expenses of trial, incarceration...It's nuts! The War on Drugs is over and Drugs won. Now let's adopt a reasonable plan for getting out of it. Maybe spending some of the money on clinics where drug addicts can be treated. Job training for the thousands who have been in jail only for drug offenses. Get the guns required for the War off the streets. Stuff like that.

 

 COMMENT 349101 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 07:24 AM

Hey Friends. I have one word for you all:

pharmacy's

 

 COMMENT 349108P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 07:47 AM

A pharmacy's what? Guess that would be two words?

 

 COMMENT 349112 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 08:04 AM

Methamphetamine is a product of the (failed) War on Drugs. It is the poor mans' cocaine, but far more dangerous to the user and society at large. Cocaine use is bad but if it were legal there would be zero meth problem. Meth is the worst.

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 08:09 AM

The police continue to win the war on drugs as long as they make money on it..More grants to continuly bankrupt the government.

 

 COMMENT 349129 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 08:47 AM

You people all have an agenda. Drive by this property and ask yourself if you would want to be neighbors. I think NOT.

 

 RAINE5360 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 09:01 AM

Oh leave them alone! Waste of time.

 

 COMMENT 349166 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 10:14 AM

Throw away the key....Its NOT legal. I can't stand people who are high, they sound so stupid and out of it.

 

 COMMENT 349173 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 10:22 AM

I can't stand people who are drunk, they sound so stupid and out of it.

 

 COMMENT 349174 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 10:22 AM

Leave them alone? Whoa Is there an old woman who lives there with these squatters?

 

 COMMENT 349193 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 10:47 AM

Yes, #174...she doesn't seem to have all of her faculties and is totally taken advantage of by these people. She needs protection.

 

 COMMENT 349219 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-01 11:32 AM

Growing operation in a family neighborhood- not cool. These guys practically yelled at the cops to bust them. It was so obvious the cops HAD to act or look like dumbbells. Electric bill through the roof, which is a major tip-off that the utilities are hip to, plus traffic coming and going, plus crank heads wandering around the property and neighborhood...can't believe they lasted as long as they did.

 

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