Santa Barbara County Police officials say that they received tips about ten months ago that someone in Los Angeles was allegedly supplying methamphetamine to an alleged drug dealer in Santa Barbara. Narcotics detectives say that they opened an investigation into the allegations. Detectives apparently sought assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives during the probe.
The Santa Barbara Police claim that federal agents identified a suspect in the alleged drug crime scheme. Authorities claim that the investigation suggested that the Los Angeles meth supplier was providing drugs to multiple people that law enforcement characterizes as mid-level drug dealers in the Santa Barbara area.
Law enforcement says that they obtained search warrants as a result of the ten month probe. One such warrant focused on the West Covina home of a 32-year-old man. While Santa Barbara narcotics detectives were poised to serve the search warrant in West Covina around 12:30 a.m. May 31, other officers descended upon a Motel 6 in Carpinteria. Police claim the 32-year-old suspect was in the motel, where he was detained in the late night raid.
Law enforcement snagged a car at the motel that authorities say belongs to the suspect. That car was hauled to the Santa Barbara Police Department to be searched. Meanwhile, law enforcement entered the West Covina residence and say they found an ounce of methamphetamine and $8,600 in cash.
Narcotics detectives claim that the car seized at the motel had 6.3 ounces of meth inside, which was seized during a search of the vehicle.
Police estimate that the total value of all the meth seized in the dual operation is valued at around $7,000 to $8,000. Authorities say that they seized a total of $8,740 in cash in the raids. The West Covina resident was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation of meth. He was put in jail with bail set at $30,000.
Source: Santa Barbara Edhat, “LA Meth Dealer Arrested,” June 05, 2012