Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

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Source: Santa Maria Police Department

Officers from the Santa Maria Police Department Special Enforcement Team (SET) served a narcotics search warrant in the 200 block of West Williams Street, Santa Maria.

During the search of the residence, officers found an unloaded handgun, 3 loaded semi-automatic handguns, several rounds of ammunition and methamphetamine possessed for sale. 

Elias Santiago 25 years old, Mario Medina 24 years old, Francisco Alfaro 27 years old and Salvador Gonzalez 23 years old were located in the residence. All are convicted felons and were charged with felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition and a gang enhancement. 

Adam Valdez 42 years old and Henry Castillo 44 years old were located in the residence. Both are convicted felons and were charged with felon in possession of firearms, felon in possession of ammunition, gang enhancement and possession of methamphetamine for sale. 

Vanessa Maldonado 30 years old, was located in the residence. Maldonado was charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.

Daniel Medina 18 years old, was located inside the residence. Medina was charged with possession of narcotic paraphernalia and obstructing or delaying a police investigation. 

All are residents of Santa Maria. All were transported and booked into the SBCO Jail, except Daniel Medina was issued a citation and released from SMPD. 

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Concerned4Calif Jan 28, 2019 09:12 AM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

Its well documented that California gun laws are among the strictist in the US. These laws just make it more difficult for law abiding citizens to exercise there Second amendment rights. They do not make it safer as criminals still get guns outside of these strict measures.

Nature Boy Jan 28, 2019 09:39 PM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

CONCERNED: What ON EARTH reason do you have to claim that “law-abiding citizens have difficulty buying guns”?? Have you traveled anywhere in this country, or talked to people in this country, or ever watched the news?? Buying a gun is, in the majority of our country, LITERALLY easier than buying a marijuana cigarette. Literally. I don’t understand you or the things you say.

Concerned4Calif Jan 28, 2019 01:07 PM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

I am all for laws that are both constitutional and effective; ideally if the societal cost is less than the societal benefit. You would never agree to restrictions on your first amendment rights to free speech. It has a cost and as we all know, freedom of speech is not free by any means. It's not a mistake that gun rights are in the Second amendment. The founders felt it was that important. Yet there are many who would completely delete these rights for others even if they do not want to exercise these rights themselves.

macpuzl Jan 28, 2019 12:37 PM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

We don't have strict measures. Look at the success of civilized nations like Australia and Japan in reducing gun violence, with truly strict laws.

a-1561589780 Jan 28, 2019 11:31 AM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

Steve-O - I'm not proposing anything, I'm merely pointing out the fallacy in the argument that gun laws are not working because criminals can still get guns. Does that make sense?

Steve_O Jan 28, 2019 10:57 AM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

Your reply does nothing. What would you propose then? Or are you satisfied with the current gun/law situation and think it's working fine?

a-1561589780 Jan 28, 2019 08:22 AM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

Alleged gang members... I love Monday morning humor. I think they should dress these guys up in costumes like a game show. Wearing suits, cowboy hats, construction outfits. Just like the Village People. We can then stereotype our way into an assumption that is other than the truth. Or maybe we nail it! Maybe deep down inside the guy with a tat under his eye is a cowboy! Hmmm. Did they have meth in Blazing Saddles?

420722 Jan 29, 2019 09:27 AM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

Coming from a former drug user no, it’s not a disease. You do it when you want and you stop when you want. Nobody forced you to do them. It’s called an excuse.

a-1561589780 Jan 28, 2019 10:42 PM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

Actually, for law-abiding citizens, it is not difficult to get a job right now....in fact, the job market is super hot right now. It is definitely an employee’s market. Of course for people who did stupid, destructive things which got them in to jail....well, it is harder. But I have read that actually, even that population has an easier time getting hired these days, due to the strong growth economy. And yes, I believe that is the best way to prevent recidivism. One gets the dignity and sense of joining the main society that comes from earning money in a real job. Way better than being in the soul-killing business of gang and criminal activity.

a-1561589780 Jan 28, 2019 10:30 PM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

These jerks “ have no skills “ or “no opportunities” because they made a series of choices to be slackers, wastrels, bums, feeders off the systems, and petty criminals.....despite all the efforts of caring people to give them free ( taxpayer or donation funded) help such as: Great teachers and administrators, Boys and Girls Club, C.A.S.A. Volunteers, D.A.R.E. Programs, Girls Inc. programs, Police Activities League programs, CALM programs, Domestic Violence Solutions, C.A.D.A. Volunteers, and lots of family support systems such as subsidized rent, food stamps, free breakfast and lunches at school, free or very reduced childcare in schools, free medical care at Community care medical clinics, free medical care and other services at Planned Parenthood, and free medical. And free legal work from Legal Aid if needed . And of course, all the costs free to them provided by free criminal defense attorneys and their support systems, and courthouse personnel of judges, court reporters, bailiffs, jury panels, and the jail system and its costs. And the police costs to deal with their apprehension and “follow up care.” Plus they have no need to pay taxes if they are below a certain income level, so no need to take responsibility for your own society. ......JUST to name a few of the many ways they could have chosen to be helped but chose a path to lead to being a lifetime loser, and feeding for life off of the taxpayers and the benevolent nonprofits ( funded by donors with their hard-earned money, money that they gladly give in an effort to make a better world). I am sorry that they face a life of being a stupid loser slacker with “no opportunities,” but have little real sympathy.

letmego Jan 28, 2019 08:11 AM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

Maybe, but how? It's becoming fairly difficult for many law-abiding citizens to make a go of it financially. What to do when you have no skills? Or your only skills are ... criminal skills? How easy is it to get hired with a criminal history?

JB86 Jan 27, 2019 08:12 PM
Alleged Gang Members Arrested in Santa Maria

So, can I conclude that CA's strict gun laws don't prevent dangerous felons from procuring them? Somehow, I don't think these dudes had a background check prior to getting their guns.

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