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Sheriff's Office Arrest Suspect, Ending Multi Year Investigation Into Illegal Sales of Firearms and Narcotics

 

Santa Maria -June 3rd, 2016


On 5/26/16, detectives from the Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau arrested Jose Munoz, 49 of Santa Maria, in the 600 block of West Morison, Santa Maria for an outstanding arrest warrant for sales of methamphetamine. 

 

This arrest concluded a multi-year investigation by the Special Investigations Bureau of the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, in collaboration with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and United States Internal Revenue Service (IRS) into gang members, narcotic dealers, and illegal firearms sales in the Santa Maria Valley. 

 

During the course of this investigation, undercover agents from the ATF purchased narcotics and firearms from multiple people in the Santa Maria Valley.  As a result of this very complex investigation, law enforcement officers arrested 38 suspects, seized 45 firearms, 11,109 rounds of ammunition, 14.6 pounds of methamphetamine with a street value of $661,380.00, 2.1 pounds of heroin with a street value of 95,130.00, 167 grams of cocaine with a street value of $30,040.00, and $84,698 worth of currency was seized as a result of illegal narcotic and firearms sales. 

 

Below is a list of suspects and charges that were arrested during the course of this investigation.  The Sheriff’s Office and assisting agencies chose not to release this information sooner due to the on-going investigation and the fact others were still being sought.  As of today the investigation is concluded.

 

Suspects Charged with State Charges:

Alex Ausan, 36 of Santa Maria                          Firearm Violations

Carmelo Ayala, 38 of Santa Maria                     Narcotic Violations

Daniel Deleon, 38 of Santa Maria                      Narcotic Violations

David Galvan, 56 of Santa Maria                       Narcotic Violations

Gabriel Estrada, 37 of Santa Maria                    Narcotic Violations

Gonesico Olivas, 66 of Taft                                  Narcotic and Gang Violations

Griselda Diaz, 31 of Santa Maria                       Narcotic Violations

Ivan Jasso, 20 of Santa Maria                               Narcotic and Gang Violations

Jennifer Agic, 31 of Santa Maria                        Narcotic Violations

Joanna Savoy, 35 of Santa Maria                       Narcotic Violations

Jonathan Chavez, 24 of Santa Maria                  Narcotic and Gang Violations

Jonathan Zaranda, 23 of Santa Maria                 Narcotic and Gang Violations

Jose Munoz, 49, of Santa Maria                         Narcotic Violations

Juanita Gonzales, 43 of Santa Maria                  Narcotic Violations

Juan Juarez, 25 of Santa Maria                           Narcotic and Gang Violations

Maryzela Ayala, 36 of Santa Maria                    Narcotic Violations

Monica Guerrero, 27 of Santa Maria                  Narcotic Violations

Melissa Fuentes, 32 of Buellton                         Narcotic Violations

Ramiro Pizano, 39 of Santa Maria                      Narcotic Violations

Richard Flowers, 28 of Santa Maria                   Narcotic Violations

Richard Sierra, 25 of Santa Maria                      Narcotic Violations

Rigoberto Castillo, 25 of Nipomo                      Narcotic and Gang Violations

Rosamaria Alvarado, 24 of Santa Maria           Narcotic and Gang Violations

Steven Rincon, 38 of Santa Maria                      Narcotic and Gang Violations

Steven Vega, 25 of Santa Maria                         Narcotic and Firearm Violations

Tameka Lewis, 37 of Santa Maria                      Narcotic Violations

 

 

Suspects Charged with Federal Charges:

Alfred Plaza, 53 of Santa Maria                         Narcotic Violations

Andre Sanchez, 27 of Santa Maria                     Narcotic Violations

Angel Herrera, 43 of Santa Maria                       Firearm and Narcotic Violations

Christopher Estrada, 26 of Santa Maria           Firearm and Narcotic Violations

Daniel Hanson,24 of Santa Maria                       Firearm Violations

Darold Oliva, 44 of Santa Maria                        Narcotic Violations

Gary Hanson, 59 of Santa Maria                        Firearm Violations

Jose Espinoza, 36 of Santa Maria                       Narcotic Violations

Margret Ponce, 44 of Santa Maria                      Narcotic Violations

Steve Aguilar, 54 of Santa Maria                       Firearm Violations

Thomas Allen, 30 of Santa Maria                       Narcotic Violations

Yesenia Herrera, 24 of Santa Maria                    Narcotic Violations

 

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