Two People Arrested at Marijuana Eradication Site
updated: Sep 20, 2013, 3:43 PM
Source: Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
Detectives from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit along with representatives from the California National Guard,
United States Forest Service and Santa Barbara County Air Support Unit Copter 2 conducted a marijuana eradication operation today, September 20, in the
Los Padres National Forest, adjacent to Happy Canyon Road.
Approximately two weeks ago, a hunter contacted law enforcement and provided information relating to a possible marijuana
grow located about ¾ of a mile from the Happy Canyon Shooting Range. Based on the information provided, Detectives conducted a follow up investigation
and determined there was an illegal marijuana growing operation in the area.
Around 6 a.m. this morning, law enforcement personnel began surveillance in the area and entered the marijuana grow. While
conducting a security check of the grow, one suspect was observed and before he could be taken into custody, he fled on foot. As Detectives followed the
suspect, they discovered a loaded Ruger rifle that the suspect had set down when he initially observed Detectives approaching. A second firearm, a
Remington 30-06 semi-automatic rifle was also found within the grow.
A perimeter was established around the grow site and two suspects were taken into custody for several narcotics and firearm
violations. Detectives seized approximately 100 pounds of processed/packaged marijuana that was being staged for a pick-up in the near future. The
street value of the processed marijuana is approximately $250,000. The grow was suspected of at one time having 1,600 plants.
Arrested were 27 year old Joel Santoyo Lopez and 37 year old Cipriano Arreola Torres. Both are Mexican nationals who entered
the United States illegally. Bail was set at $50,000 each and a request for an immigration detainer was placed.
Joel Santoyo Lopez
Cipriano Arreola Torres
MUG SHOT GALLERY
|| SBSO activity in the Happy Canyon area. Possibly seeking armed
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