Details about this morning's raid and arrests
updated: Sep 19, 2009, 1:00 AM
On Saturday, September 19, 2009, Agents from the Santa Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement Team (SBRNET), in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, (BATF), and with support from the Santa Barbara Police Department SWAT team, California Highway Patrol warrant service teams, Los Angeles Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, San Luis Obispo County Narcotics Task Force, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, served search and arrest warrants on 7 locations and 7 suspects within the City of Santa Barbara.
This successful warrant service resulted in the arrest of all 7 subjects and 5 additional subjects, accused of operating a criminal conspiracy to traffic in illegal firearms and narcotics, and was the culminating event in "Operation Apehanger", a joint SBRNET and BATF investigation. During the course of this nine-month investigation Agents seized numerous fully automatic AK-47 assault rifles, as well as semi-automatic assault rifles with high capacity magazines, a stolen handgun, additional handguns with high capacity magazines, and several ounces of cocaine. "The type of firepower that these individuals were illegally manufacturing and selling is an extreme danger to every resident of this area. These are the types of weapons that the men and woman of our military face on battlefields in the middle-east and are the same types of firearms used in the cartel-fueled violence in Mexico," said Christopher Shaefer, Acting Special Agent in Charge of ATF's Los Angeles Field Division. "ATF will continue to work with our law enforcement partners in the Central Coast region targeting violent criminals that use firearms as their tools of the trade."
In addition to the arrest of the primary suspects, today's warrant service resulted in the recovery of 2 additional illegal assault rifles, as well as other illegal weapons and various amounts of cocaine, methamphetamine, illegal mushrooms, and marijuana. Agents also seized an illegal indoor marijuana cultivation which was located across the street from a local elementary school. The Santa Barbara Police Department's SWAT team was utilized for the service of the arrest and search warrants at 510 Flora Vista, and 2015 Castillo Ave. #4, Santa Barbara, due to the suspects access to high-powered weapons and their potentially violent nature. Santa Barbara Police Chief Cam Sanchez said, "The Santa Barbara Police Department was proud to work with these other great agencies; taking automatic weapons off the streets and putting these criminals behind bars ranks amongst our highest priorities."
The Attorney's General's, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement operates 48 regional narcotic task forces statewide. The Santa Barbara Regional Narcotic Enforcement Team is a cooperative effort between the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, California Highway Patrol, Guadalupe Police Department, Lompoc Police Department, Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office, Santa Barbara County Probation Department, Santa Barbara Police Department, Santa Maria Police Department, and the Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office. "SBRNET is aggressively cracking down on drug and gun dealers to make our neighborhoods in Santa Barbara County safer for families," said Task Force Commander Ken Bambrick. "This was an especially important bust because the suspects were selling high-powered rifles and dealing dangerous drugs across the street from an elementary school." The mission of SBRNET is to disrupt, dismantle, and diminish the flow of illegal drugs and their proceeds, in Santa Barbara County.
Arrested for numerous felonies were:
Thomas Edward Dominguez (Age:35 )
Charges: Possession of Cocaine for Sale, Child Endangerment, Possession of illegal firearms (machine guns), conspiracy to distribute illegal firearms., parole violation
Bail: $ No Bail due to parole violation
Thomas Anthony Dominguez (Age:52)
Charges: Marijuana cultivation, possession of Stolen property, conspiracy to distribute illegal firearms., possession of illegal firearms
Robert Maynez (AGE: 51)
Charges: Sales of cocaine, possession of illegal firearms (machine guns), conspiracy to distribute illegal firearms.
Alejandro Raya (Age 42)
Charges: Possession of illegal firearms (machine guns), felon in possession of firearms, conspiracy to distribute illegal firearms.
Virginia Highfield (Age 30)
Charges: Parole Violation, felon in possession of firearms, conspiracy to distribute illegal firearms.
Bail: No Bail due to Parole Violation
Micah McCabe (Age 37)
Charges: Conspiracy to distribute illegal firearms, felon in possession of firearms.
Jose Farias (Age 47)
Charges: Conspiracy to distribute illegal firearms, violation of felony probation
Bail: $ No bail due probation violation
Jacob Farias (Age 18)
Charges: Conspiracy to distribute illegal firearms, Possession of burglary tools, marijuana cultivation
Bail: $ $250,000
Michael Finerty (Age 26)
Charges: Possession of Illegal mushrooms for sale
Keith Brown (Age 29)
Charges: Possession of marijuana for sale, possession of dangerous drugs, felony child endangerment
Chrysta Ramirez (Age 28)
Charges: felony child endangerment
The above listed subjects were all booked to the Santa Barbara County Jail.
Locations were search/arrest warrants were served:
510 Flora Vista, Santa Barbara
2505 Selrose Ave, Santa Barbara
350 Cooper Rd, Santa Barbara
416 Samarkand, Santa Barbara
326 E. Micheltorena, Santa Barbara
2015 Castillo #4, Santa Barbara
2311 White Ave, Santa Barbara
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