Monday, March 17, 2008

Authorities arrest eight in drug bust


Santa Barbara police narcotics detectives uncovered a drug operation after serving a search warrant last week at a home in the 400 block of Bath Street, according to police reports.

On Friday at 6:10 a.m., officers entered the residence and found Antonio Juarez Aguilar, 35, in the living room with drug packaging sticking out of his sweatshirt, according to the reports. After searching the material, police discovered 4.5 grams of cocaine base packaged for sale. In a bedroom, officers found 22-year-old Faustino Fernandez Ramirez with a false social security card as well as a Mexican Consular card.
In another bedroom, they found Bernardo Aguilar Hernandez, 33, Julian Martinez Rivera, 25, Pedro Aguilar Carbajal, 20, and Alejandro Juarez Alcia, 27, along with $4,024 in cash and 12.3 grams of cocaine base, police reports revealed.
A further search of the home uncovered 24-year-old Daniel Orozco Davalos in the basement in possession of a fraudulent Resident Alien card and a liquid substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Also in the basement, officers found Raul Quintanilla Olvera, 31, with a fake social security card.
Police officials pointed out the location on Bath Street is within 1,000 yards of a pre-school and a county “special needs” school for older students. Police referred the case to immigration officials and booked all eight suspects into County Jail on $30,000 bail.

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