Sheriff's Detectives Recover Firearm and Arrest Multiple Suspects
Santa Maria - June 11th, 2016
On June 8, 2016, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives with the Special Investigations Bureau developed information regarding the whereabouts of a wanted person in the 1200 block of W. Bethel Lane in Santa Maria. A search warrant was subsequently obtained for the residence. When deputies knocked and announced their presence, the occupants began to flee within the apartment. Deputies entered the residence and secured all five people inside. Two of the occupants were wanted for probation or parole warrants. During a search of the apartment, numerous items of drug paraphernalia and 0.37 grams of methamphetamine were found.
24-year-old Francisco Pacheco-Martinez of Santa Maria was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was also arrested for two warrants charging him with violating his probation for exhibition of speed and grand theft. 27-year-old Mark Anthony Pompa of Santa Maria was arrested for a parole violation. A complaint will be sought from the District Attorney’s Office charging the three other occupants with possession of drug paraphernalia.
While conducting this investigation, deputies encountered two additional people in a parking lot nearby who were found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. A search of associated vehicles resulted in locating additional drug paraphernalia, a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition.
46-year-old Gina Johnell Estrada of Santa Maria was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia as well as a warrant after she failed to appear for previous charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana. 21-year-old Arturo Murillo of Santa Maria was arrested for being an addict in possession of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia.
This operation was conducted by detectives with the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau, members of the Compliance Response Team, patrol deputies from the Santa Maria Sheriff’s Substation and a State parole agent.
The Compliance Response Team (CRT) is funded by realignment money distributed through the Community Corrections Partnership, a committee of various county law enforcement and judicial representatives.
CRT consists of Sheriff Deputies, Probation Officers and a Lompoc Police Officer.
For Media Inquires Contact PIO Kelly Hoover
Business Hours: (805) 681-4100
Francisco Pacheco-Martinez, 24
Mark Pompa, 27
Gina Estrada, 46
Arturo Murillo, 21