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Meth Dealer Arrested
updated: Dec 11, 2012, 9:38 AM

Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

Over the course of a month-long drug investigation Santa Barbara Police Department detectives received information that Santa Barbara area gang member Alejandro Mendibles Jr., age 44, was involved in the sale of methamphetamine. Narcotics detectives obtained a search warrant for Mendibles's apartment on the 400 block of Rancheria Street and his vehicles. On December 7, 2012 at 12:45 p.m., Mendibles was contacted after he parked one of his cars in the Paseo Nuevo Mall parking lot. Mendibles was driving on a suspended driver's license and he was arrested for that offense. The detectives then executed the search warrant and found nearly ¼ pound of methamphetamine, packaged in various quantities for sale, in Mendibles's other vehicle which was parked at his apartment complex on Rancheria Street. The methamphetamine has a value of approximately $3,500.00 to $4,000.00. $2,187.00 in cash that Mendibles had in his possession was seized as proceeds from drug sales.

Mendibles was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for possession of methamphetamine for sale and driving on a suspended license with a bail amount of $30,000.00.

Photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

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 COMMENT 352750 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 09:50 AM

Mexican drug cartel in SB???


 COMMENT 352752 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 09:52 AM

750 - it says he is a Santa Barbara area gang member. But, I've read recently that the Mexican Mafia has been directing local street gangs to commit crimes. Maybe this is one of them?

Either way, glad they got this speed off the streets! Now, that is one terrible drug!


 COMMENT 352761 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 10:13 AM

Between this and the article on Noozhawk about the Robles trial, it shows you this gang thing is getting out of hand around here. Read about the Detectives testimony on what goes on around here in our quaint little seaside community. All the more need for the gang injunction.


 RICHYRICH agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 11:07 AM

4 grand in drugs and 2 grand in cash? Just a low level punk.


 COMMENT 352797 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 11:25 AM

How many families? Relationships? Marriages has he destroyed. My hat is off, and a big thankyou to law enforcement on this one. My thanks again.


 COMMENT 352811 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 11:54 AM

He will be out (AGAIN) doing what he has done his entire life. Don't tell me the cops don't know who the dealers and growers are in the county... It's a rotating cycle of our criminals going in and out of prison and our weak judical system. Bring on hard labor work crews beat weeds and laying asphalt!


 COMMENT 352871 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 01:36 PM

I just saw this guy riding his bike on State st. this morn around 11:30...I know it`s him because I`ve known him for about 20 years..apparently he made bail....& he`s also been a "Shot-Caller" for the West-Side for about the same amt. of time.


 COMMENT 352905 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 02:39 PM

Where's the pro-legalization camp calling for decriminalization, stop locking up people for victimless crime, and all that? Or is that just for weed?


 COMMENT 352911 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 02:52 PM

So if his bail was $30K that means he has to come up with $3k? Probably not that difficult if he had $2187 just lying around the house. Seems to me that this bail and gang member bail in general is a little bit light. A flight risk and what other shenanigans will be pulled while he is out on bail?


 COMMENT 352914P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 03:01 PM

If we just made meth legal, nice guys like this just wouldn't get in trouble.


 COMMENT 352919 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 03:14 PM

In one of his previous lives Alejandro had to have been a Boston terrier.


 COMMENT 352923 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 03:19 PM

Well, if all drugs were legalized (yes that means heroin, LSD, etc) then there would be no more black market for them.....in theory.

I mean think about it - you don't have gangsters selling moonshine or homebrewed beer at high schools do you?

But, let's take it one step at a time and get weed legalized first.....


 COMMENT 352952P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 03:48 PM

The nice thing about not having a black market is that drugs will get cheaper. More people can afford to get high and voila! The corporate types that then control the drug trade can get richer and richer happly joining the 1%. And the rest of get to pay for the lifesyles of the population that is addicted. Having trouble with that concept? Just spend a few minutes with the productive folks at Vera Cruz Park or around the corner of Anacapa and Haley.


 COMMENT 352974 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 04:13 PM

No prosecutions with the British bank sheltering money for the Mexican drug cartels. Just a billion dollar+ fine. Now that's justice. @914, unfortunately you have this one right. Award the banks and imprison the "little" people.


 COMMENT 353056 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 07:35 PM

14P: The US will probably have drug laws that benefit no one but law enforcement as long as we have irrational citizens such as yourself: (link to Forbes article at end of post )
Drug warriors often contend that drug use would skyrocket if we were to legalize or decriminalize drugs in the United States. Ten years ago, Portugal decriminalized all drugs. One decade after this unprecedented experiment, drug abuse is down by half:Health experts in Portugal said Friday that Portugal’s decision 10 years ago to decriminalise drug use and treat addicts rather than punishing them is an experiment that has worked.

“There is no doubt that the phenomenon of addiction is in decline in Portugal,” said Joao Goulao, President of the Institute of Drugs and Drugs Addiction, a press conference to mark the 10th anniversary of the law.

The number of addicts considered “problematic” — those who repeatedly use “hard” drugs and intravenous users — had fallen by half since the early 1990s, when the figure was estimated at around 100,000 people, Goulao said.

14P: http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2011/07/05/ten-years-after-decriminalization-drug-abuse-down-by-half-in-portugal/

It's impossible to solve problems by ignoring all relevant facts.


 COMMENT 353062 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-11 07:49 PM

Bye Bye! Don't drop the soap!


 COMMENT 353156 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-12 07:46 AM

Was he headed for the casino to make deliveries to the tweekers hanging out there and now able to play all those penny slot machines? Now that almost all the slot machines are penny machines there should be lots more "tweeker" customers and old folks with nothing to do all day. At least they cant lose their money as fast.


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