Meth Seized and Suspect Arrested in Orcutt Park

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant today, July 24, 2019, following extensive complaints of suspected criminal activity in an area located near the Bradley Dip in Orcutt. The past several months, Deputies assigned to the Santa Maria Sheriff’s Station have received reports of illicit drug activity and sales, attempted assaults, theft, and a possible endangered juvenile female in the area of the Okerblom Trail, a County Park. 

Partnering with Santa Barbara County Fire, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Santa Barbara County Parks, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara Animal Services as well as agency Narcotic Detectives, K-9 teams, Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support and Sheriff’s Crime Scene Technicians, Deputies served a search warrant on two tents that had been illegally erected on Park property, conducted a protective sweep of the area, recovering a large amount of methamphetamine, a scale, drug paraphern alia, pellet guns, bicycles and other items. 

30-year-old Matthew Lee Caldwell of Santa Maria was arrested and transported to the Santa Barbara Main Jail where he was booked on the following charges: Felony child endangerment, committing a felony while out on bail, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivation of marijuana, unlawful possession of nongame bird parts, outdoor fire for disposal of waste, building a campfire in a hazardous fire area, burning fallen timber/logs without a permit, maintaining or using a campfire on brush or grass covered land without permission, possession of drug or restricted item in public park, and trespassing in a county park. 

The female juvenile was taken into the protective custody of Child Welfare Services. 

This successful apprehension is due to the information provided by community residents and the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office’s corroborative relationship with our allied agencies.

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a-1571379360 Jul 26, 2019 01:56 PM
Meth Seized and Suspect Arrested in Orcutt Park

Last Friday evening, as I got on the Garden St. onramp heading north on the 101, there were several people coming out of the bushes at different points heading somewhere across the highway or on the highway. It was like an obstacle course trying to avoid them. Some walking, some on bikes. Heading to homeless camps. Why won't any agency (caltrans, county, city) do something about these camps? Everything they are doing (on the highway, setting up camps, campfires, etc. etc. ) is illegal. The solution is not affordable housing. I support that but for families who are here already. These vagabonds need to be forced out of our highways, landscaping, and railroad tracks so it will be safe for families and the rest of us.

a-1571379360 Jul 26, 2019 09:15 AM
Meth Seized and Suspect Arrested in Orcutt Park

Even after the recent vegetation fire at the south bound 101 Castillo exit there has been no apparent action to clear out the encampment(s) at that location. In fact an additional encampment on the ocean side is now visible. When I was driving down that off ramp a few days ago there were three people on bicycles simultaneously in the off ramp. One was on the sidewalk but two were fully in the road. They were well up toward the freeway not just not down by the intersection. What is it going to take to get our city officials and law enforcement to do their job?

YELLOWFIN Jul 25, 2019 04:25 PM
Meth Seized and Suspect Arrested in Orcutt Park

"after several months of complaints" why did it take so long? And why did it take an army to serve a search warrant? I am curious, not argumentative. I would like to know the reason.

a-1571379360 Jul 25, 2019 04:49 PM
Meth Seized and Suspect Arrested in Orcutt Park

An endangered juvenile living on public property warrants a visit the day of the report, in my opinion. Do they really need a search warrant to search public property? That is ridiculous.

LCP112233 Jul 25, 2019 02:42 PM
Meth Seized and Suspect Arrested in Orcutt Park

It is a shame that all the illegal encampments do not get the same treatment. With all their trash, toxic waste and human waste. They ought to all be in the same boat as this guy. Most likely they would also find the drugs and weapons if they tossed all the illegal camps.

Bug Girl Jul 25, 2019 01:37 PM
Meth Seized and Suspect Arrested in Orcutt Park

2005 California Fish and Game Code Sections 3800-3806 CHAPTER 3. NONGAME BIRDS FISH AND GAME CODE SECTION 3800. (a) All birds occurring naturally in California that are not resident game birds, migratory game birds, or fully protected birds are nongame birds.

tagdes Jul 25, 2019 12:13 PM
Meth Seized and Suspect Arrested in Orcutt Park

....not a scrub jay...and not a Stellar's either, no such bird. The crested local blue relative of the eastern jay is Steller's after the German naturalist Georg Steller that discovered it while shipwrecked on an Alaskan island in the 1700 s.

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