Suspect Arrested with Narcotics for Sale and Replica Firearm
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
On April 17, 2021 around 7:40pm, an Officer was on patrol in the area of 200 N. Quarantina Street when they noticed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. During a traffic stop, the driver provided a false name to the Officer. After further investigation, the driver finally provided his correct name, Alejandro Alvarez (30 years old), a Santa Barbara resident. Alvarez did not want to provide his true identity for fear of potential arrest. It was discovered Alvarez was driving on an expired driver’s license.
During a search of the vehicle, Officers located drug paraphernalia, live ammunition, credit cards that didn’t belong to him, and a large amount of money.
One of Santa Barbara Police Department’s K-9 Officers responded to the scene with a specially trained dog that detects narcotics to examine Alvarez’s vehicle.
The K-9 alerted the Officers to the potential of more narcotics inside the vehicle. Searching further, Officers discovered heroin, a large amount of methamphetamine and cocaine. Also located inside the vehicle was a stun-gun and a replica firearm.
Alvarez was taken into custody and was booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail for:
- Possession for Sales Cocaine – 11351 H&S Felony,
- Possession for Sales Methamphetamine – 11379 H&S Felony,
- Possession for Transportation Cocaine – 11352 H&S Felony,
- Possession for Transportation Methamphetamine – 11378 H&S Felony,
- Felon in Possession of Stun-Gun – 22610 PC Felony,
- Felon in Possession of Ammunition - 30305 PC Felony,
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – 11364 H&S Misdemeanor, and
- False Identification to a Peace Officer – 148.9 PC Misdemeanor.
Alvarez is currently being held on $35,000 bail.