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Drug Dealer Arrested
updated: Dec 16, 2013, 11:52 AM

Source: SBPD

A six-month narcotics investigation culminated with the arrest of Luis Felipe Uriarte, age 23, of Santa Barbara, for possession of cocaine for sale, transportation of cocaine, and possession of methamphetamine for sale. Uriarte was a major supplier of illegal drugs in the City of Santa Barbara. Large quantities of cocaine and cash were seized during this operation.

In mid-2013 detectives from the Santa Barbara Police Department's Narcotics Unit initiated an investigation into Uriarte's narcotics activities. The investigation resulted in Uriarte being contacted during a traffic stop on 900 Chapala Street at 8:30 a.m. on December 12, 2013. Uriarte was found to be in possession of ten ounces of cocaine and was subsequently arrested. Detectives searched Uriarte's residence on the 00 block of Ocean View Avenue and found significant quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, and cash; the money being the proceeds from drug sales. A .45 caliber pistol was also discovered. In total, approximately 2.8 pounds of cocaine, 1 ounce of methamphetamine, and over $25,000.00 in cash were seized. The value of the drugs is in excess of $40,000.00.

Uriarte was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on the aforementioned charges with a bail amount of $100,000.00.

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