updated: Oct 30, 2013, 11:17 AM
Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
Early Saturday morning, shortly after midnight on October 26, 2013, the Santa
Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement Team (SBRNET) successfully served a search
warrant at 6631 Picasso Road, Apartment #2, Goleta (Isla Vista), CA. As a
result, SBRNET Agents seized approximately 156 grams (approximately 5.5 ounces)
of cocaine, 49 Tablets of MDMA (ecstasy), and approximately 40 pills of a yet to
be identified drug. SBRNET Agents suspected that these drugs were destined to be
sold to students/residents of Santa Barbara County's college community.
21 year old Dalton TURNEY, a resident and college student, and 21 year old Razel
TARANTINO of Woodland Hills, California, were arrested on drug and conspiracy
charges. TURNEY was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail. Due to the amount
of drugs, TURNEY received bail at $300,000.00. TARANTINO's bail was set at
$20,000.00. Both subjects are tentatively set to be arraigned in Superior Court
in Santa Barbara County on Tuesday, October 29, 2013.
Later that day, 22 year old UCSB student Brandon Schmidt of Alameda County, was
found dead in the 6600 block of Del Playa Drive in Isla Vista. The cause of
death is still under investigation by the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Department.
The Attorney General's Bureau of Investigation currently operates 26 regional
narcotic task forces statewide. The Santa Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement
Team (SBRNET) is a cooperative effort between the California Department of
Justice, Bureau of Investigation; California Highway Patrol; Guadalupe Police
Department; Lompoc Police Department; Santa Barbara County Probation Department;
Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office; Santa Barbara Police
Department; Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office; Santa Maria Police Department,
University of California at Santa Barbara Police Department and the US Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The mission of SBRNET is to significantly diminish the availability and use of
illegal drugs in the County of Santa Barbara through the targeting of high-level
drug trafficking organizations engaged in the importation and distribution of
drugs into or within Santa Barbara County.
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