Gang Member Arrested With Gun, Meth

Pistol Found Under Bed, Drugs Concealed in Pants

Saturday, August 31, 2013
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Jesus Campos Soto
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Jesus Campos Soto

A 21-year-old Santa Barbara gang member — Jesus Campos Soto — was arrested this Tuesday and charged with gun, drug, and gang-related crimes. He’s being held in County Jail on $100,000 bail.

According to police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood, members of the department’s Criminal Impact and Gang Suppression teams went to Soto’s house in the 700 block of Wentworth Avenue to conduct a probation search. “Soto is a Santa Barbara area gang member and a felony probationer with gang and search terms,” Harwood explained in a statement. “He is prohibited from associating with other gang members and from possessing gang related items; additionally, he must submit to searches of his person and his residence by law enforcement.”

Soto wasn’t home, but officers searched his room and found clothes bearing gang insignia as well as a .38 caliber revolver hidden under the bed, Harwood said. Around an hour later, police spotted Soto walking with a group of friends along Loma Alta Drive and made contact with him. He reportedly refused to comply with their orders and resisted being placed in handcuffs. Once in custody, the officers discovered a bindle of meth that he had concealed in the seat of his pants. Soto faces seven separate charges for his alleged crimes.


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I'll bet this champion was a "real good kid" and was trying to "turn his life around" but suffered from a lack of government sponsored activities. Maybe he was even "food insecure" and needed more free meals.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
September 1, 2013 at 6:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Oxnard......opp's I mean SantaBarbara needs help. It's not what is used to be.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
September 1, 2013 at 5:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Funny the way this brief was placed right next to the main feature about the lack of support for a gang injunction.

blackpoodles (anonymous profile)
September 1, 2013 at 8:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Once upon a time these problems were not mainstream, now it's everyday news.

Once upon a time we didn't have a gang injunction (because we didn't need one) and drugs were legal. (And we didn't have the problems associated with drugs we have today)

Your mission--if you choose to take it--is to ask yourselves WHY things were different back then, and WHAT we as a society were doing differently.

Passing more laws makes as much sense as trying to put out a fire with gasoline.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
September 2, 2013 at 4:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's in the news because there is an agenda behind the scenes, this type of stuff has been happening in poor neighborhoods for a long time.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
September 2, 2013 at 5:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Bottom line, boys, is that gangthug FELONS are not allowed to possess guns and/or METH. Glad we have cages for little animals like this. Cry me a different river. Please.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
September 2, 2013 at 6:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Every gang member I have read about in the Independent is either an illegal immigrant or the child of an illegal immigrant.

We clearly need open boarders and a massive reduction in law enforcement of our immigration laws - immediately. We also need more illegal immigrant friendly police and 10x funding of organizations like "The Race" (La Raza) and other illegal immigrant rights groups.

Anyone who is against what I say is racist.

willy88 (anonymous profile)
September 3, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Just another DREAMer.

banjo (anonymous profile)
September 3, 2013 at 12:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Draxor, you don't get it. It's the idiotic drug war that is creating these kids in the first place. If you had any sense you would try to get to the root of the problem, it's only going to continue to grow if we take the path you want to go in with greater enforcement.

Why does he have a gun? Because he is involved in drugs. Why do people involved in drugs need guns? Because drugs are illegal and if you have a dispute with your dealer or a customer, such as a theft, you cannot contact authorities regarding your theft and must take the matter into your own hands. Therefore if drugs were legal, drug sellers and users would have little use for guns and weapons. And in fact crimes that drug users commit to pay for their drugs would go down substantially as the price of drugs goes down.

You can still throw violent people in jail if drugs are legal and you can still disparage drug users using the first amendment. But if you continue the drug war, you are going to keep the price of drugs high which is going to continue to allure kids off the street into making fast money, buy weapons and commit crime.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 3, 2013 at 12:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

the poorly thought out 'war on drugs' has certainly exacerbated the gang issue, but AZ2SB is right in seeing the gang issue has always been here. We don't need to cry Draxor a river to state that economic inequalities and breakdown of the family in America has lots to do with the genesis of these tragic situations. And stress from potential illegal presence in US.
Don't agree with loonpt/s final paragraph about how drug war "is going to continue to allure kids off the street into making fast money, buy weapons and commit crime". If a majority of these young people has never had a shot at a quality education, if there is social chaos in other parts of their lives, if some loving Tio or other relative doesn't intervene and school this guy, sure, then the gang issue explodes. More economic stimulus spending, more retraining programs, more job opportunities -- these alleviate the so-called "gang situtation".
BC, we can't go back! No more largely homogenous society like I experienced growing up in rural Illinois 50s & 60s. Italian, you'll blame the lack of family structure, I think, and yeah the moms and dads in many situations fail in their duties. However, I assert many of these kids HAVE "suffered from a lack of government sponsored activities", as you put it. With the widely acknowledged breakdown of family ties and loss of economic opportunities [Gini coefficient], we need to imitate Germany and France and help out low-income famlies and train/educate young men for purposeful jobs.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
September 3, 2013 at 5:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We had a gang problem before Nixon?

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 3, 2013 at 6:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

when the basic social/economic inequalities balloon like they have from 1970 on, the levels of crime, violence, mental illness and so on soar. As do gang problems...

DrDan (anonymous profile)
September 3, 2013 at 8:07 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sorry to burst your economic justice balloon there DD, but the statistics just don't bear that out. Crime rates in virtually all categories are substantially decreased from the 1970's.

Botany (anonymous profile)
September 3, 2013 at 8:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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