Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

On January 10, 2019, members of the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau (SIB) conducted a probation search in the 3500 Block of State Street at a Motel. Detectives found and seized more than one quarter pound of suspected methamphetamine, approximately nine grams of suspected heroin, more than $7,000 in cash, and other items of drug indicia consistent with drug trafficking. Detectives also recovered a stolen vehicle during the investigation.

Detectives arrested 26-year-old Michael Diaz of Santa Barbara and 39-year-old Gabriel Camacho of Oxnard for possessing methamphetamine for the purpose of sales and possessing heroin for the purpose of sales.

Diaz was also linked to vehicle thefts from the City of Santa Barbara and was arrested on two outstanding felony warrants as well as possession of a stolen vehicle. Diaz was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail and is being held without bail. Camacho was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on $30,000 bail.

During the probation search, four other individuals were contacted and found to be in possession of narcotics paraphernalia and a small amount of heroin. They were released from the scene with citations. 

Those individuals are identified as 26-year-old Sara Cantu of Santa Barbara, 24-year-old Veronica Ramirez of Santa Barbara, 24-year-old Celina Morales of Santa Barbara and 28-year-old Juan Cosio of Ventura

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a-1548100385 Jan 13, 2019 08:12 AM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

Arrested at a 3500 Block of State St? Has to be the Motel 6...what a shocker. Based on the police blotter (props, Roger), by now the po-po must have their own set of keys to every Motel 6 in the County.

a-1548100385 Jan 13, 2019 12:34 PM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

My 20 year old daughter is currently homeless and doing drugs here in Santa Barbara. Every once in awhile she responds to my attempts to reach out to her and she tells me all the stupid things that she's doing and that she's interested in getting help and she make some phone calls and then she disappears and I don't hear from her for another six months or so... But what she has told me is that most of the time the drug dealers set themselves up at local hotels, like Motel 6. You would think that these types of dealers would get caught faster with the obvious addicts in and out of their hotel rooms but they aren't caught fast enough! We have such a bad drug problem here, it's not new, we've had a drug culture in place my whole 50 years but it is a web, many meth dealers and users have the same small circle. Glad they busted 2, wonder if my daughter was one of the cited and released ones.

Shasta Guy Jan 12, 2019 09:43 AM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

Great job law enforcement! I’m glad two more scummy toxic substance peddlers were caught. It looks like four young people in their 20s were cited and released. It’s tragic they are already ensnared by drugs, and hopefully they’ll get out of that lifestyle before it’s deadly. Luvaduck: what a great story of multigenerational perseverance! Only if many more would follow in your footsteps.

Luvaduck Jan 12, 2019 09:00 AM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

Mom didn't finish high school: Her siblings needed a mom and hers/theirs died at 35. After living in boarding houses wherever his Dad found work, he finished h.s. by dint of working 2 jobs while helping support the family; their mom died at 34. During my childhood, we lived in multiple rentals until Dad saved enough for a down-payment on a fixer with the help of his Dad's pension from the foundry which ruined his lungs. He died at 54. Pop and Dad dug a septic field and added inside water/plumbing in less than a year. We wore hand-me-downs, not gold jewelry. We were living over a Mom and Pop grocery open from 8 to 10--6 days a week when they sent me to college. I worked every year of it and contributed. My sisters did the same. That poor-me-poverty excuse for criminality or failure is a cop-out. Choose to live somewhere less expensive, work your a** off and live a respectable life and you won't have low self-esteem or be predatory.

Factotum Jan 12, 2019 05:30 PM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

The reward of the Good Life, is the good life itself. And the Good Life is not necessarily the privileged life. But the replication of stories just like Luvaduck's, with only minor changes in the details. Most who are rabid about self-reliance are not those claimed to be privileged or trust funders; but those who scrapped and boot-strapped their way to the Good Life themselves too. The plucky orphan was an oft-repeated and inspirational literary theme in times past. We need to bring those stories back. They are art imitating life, as many of can attest to.

a-1548100385 Jan 12, 2019 01:47 PM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

Exactly!! We can change our destinies over and over again in this life if we want to. Hard work is rewarded, maybe more so in areas that are less expensive. Most of what happens in our lives is decision based.

a-1548100385 Jan 12, 2019 08:12 AM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

The cards were stacked against these guys from the day they were born. They were given no opportunities for anything. They cannot find high-paying jobs because the education they were provided was sub-standard. And people wonder why they turn to a life of crime.

Factotum Jan 12, 2019 05:33 PM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

They were born in America - there is no greater privilege granted to anyone. They chose to trash that inborn advantage - free public schools, churches on every corner, non-profit after school activities, even the care and training offered by the military. You have to work hard to screw things up for yourself in this country.

therealbebe Jan 12, 2019 11:54 AM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

It's no mystery that criminal behavior is often modeled by previous generations. Poor parenting, a lack of positive examples, and family members already immersed in gangs and drugs. It's not rocket science.

a-1548100385 Jan 12, 2019 08:33 AM
Suspected Meth and Heroin Dealers Arrested in Santa Barbara

That is a bunch of bull. They have the same opportunities that white kids do in the public school system and everything that we do is based on making an active decision. We were poor and my kids didn't have a lot of money but my daughter chose to work hard in school and she got herself a full-ride scholarship to an Ivy League College. It was a choice made on her part over and over again. These guys are making this Choice, the world is full of choice! They are not victims, they put themselves where they are. Maybe there's a chance that this will turn them around and that down the road they'll be productive members of society. We can only hope!

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