Santa Barbara Police announced today that several months of investigation by narcotics officers had resulted in the March 5 arrest of a 24-year-old Santa Barbara resident on charges of possession of cocaine, sale of cocaine, child endangerment, and using a child to help make drug sales. Also arrested was a juvenile, who is currently being held in juvenile hall on charges possession and sale of cocaine and child endangerment.
According to a statement from police spokesperson Sgt. Lorenzo Duarte, after having long suspected the man of dealing drugs from his apartment in the 500 block of West Pueblo Street, officers obtained a warrant for the man’s apartment, searched it, and found approximately one ounce of powder cocaine, $4,494 cash, scales and packaging materials. The child endangerment charges stem from the fact that a 5-year-old also lived in the arrested man’s apartment.