press release - 06251601

Samuel Albrecht, 22


Samuel Albrecht, 22



Illegal Fireworks Seized


Illegal Fireworks Seized

Santa Maria Resident Arrested for Possession of Illegal Fireworks


Santa Maria - June 25th, 2016

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched several times to the area of Hummel Drive and Mi Tierra Lane in Santa Maria for reports of illegal fireworks.  Deputies determined the loud fireworks appeared to be coming from a residence in the 4500 block of Hummel Drive.  Deputies attempted to contact the residents but were initially unsuccessful due to the fact the residents appeared to have turned off all their lights and refused to answer the door. 

After further investigation, it was discovered that one of the residents had two active warrants for his arrest and was on active county probation with full search and seizure terms.  Once this information was revealed, deputies responded back to the residence the next day on June 24, 2016. At approximately 7:30 p.m., they located 22-year-old Samuel Albrecht of Santa Maria hiding in a bathroom.  Albrecht was placed under arrest for the warrants and a probation search was conducted. 

During the search, twelve “Excalibur” brand, mortar style aerial fireworks were located.  Albrecht was booked into the Santa Maria Branch Jail for the active warrants and issued a citation for possession of illegal fireworks without a permit.  Due to his warrants, he is being held without bail. 

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind its citizens that these types of fireworks are extremely dangerous and have a high propensity to start a fire especially due to drought conditions.  In addition to criminal fines, those responsible for property damage due to a fire started by the unlawful use of fireworks can be liable for the costs associated with the suppression of those fires which can easily rise in the millions of dollars.



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