Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives raided a residence in the unincorporated part of the county Thursday and arrested two men on suspicion of drug dealing. Law enforcement claims the raid was the culmination of a two-month investigation. Narcotics detectives served a search warrant at the residence and claim they found packages of methamphetamine in the home. Law enforcement believes the packaging indicates the meth was prepared for sales.

In addition to the meth, deputies seized scales, packaging materials and other items that law enforcement believes will link the two men arrested to allegations of drug sales. Law enforcement also took $500 in cash from the home that they believe is linked to drug crimes.

One of the men was arrested outside the home. Law enforcement says he was leaving the residence when he was taken into custody. The second man was inside the home at the time of the raid.

Both men were transported to the jail after the raid. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokesman says that the man arrested outside the home will also face charges for bringing drugs into a custodial facility.

The sheriff’s department says the 28-year-old man had a one-half-ounce amount of methamphetamine and a baggie of Dilaudid pills that were allegedly packaged for sales on his person. Law enforcement claims the drugs were found during the booking process at the jail.

The 20-year-old man found inside the Santa Barbara home reportedly had two outstanding warrants. Both men reportedly are on probation and are being held without bail on alleged probation violations.

Source: Santa Barbara Edhat, “Narcotics Traffickers Arrested in South County,” Dec. 22, 2011