Guns seized as evidence


Guns seized as evidence

Detectives Seize Guns and Drugs After Year-Long Investigation

Edward Cardoza Arrested; Louis Ramirez and Steven Silva Charged

Thursday, November 14, 2013
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The Santa Barbara Police Department arrested one man and charged two others this week after a year-long investigation by the department’s narcotics unit. Lompoc resident Edward Cardoza, 51, was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail at $35,000 bail on the following charges: felon in possession of a firearm, violent felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, and felon in possession of drug paraphernalia.

A second Lompoc resident, Louis Ramirez, 51, was not booked into jail because of a medical condition, but the District Attorney’s office has charged him with being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Steven Silva, a 42-year-old Santa Barbara resident, was charged with carrying a firearm concealed in a vehicle, which is a misdemeanor. SBPD spokesman Sgt. Riley Harwood said Cardoza and Ramirez are each felons.

According to Harwood, the department’s narcotics unit had been looking into Cardoza’s alleged criminal behavior, for which they recently got a warrant to search his cars and home in Lompoc. On Monday, detectives observed Cardoza and Silva loading Silva’s car with what looked like duffel bags filled with guns. When the men drove away, the detectives followed them driving south. When Cardoza and Silva drove into the parking lot of a liquor store on South Fairview Avenue in Goleta, police officers stopped them. Cardoza, seeing the officers approach, reportedly removed a loaded 9mm handgun from his waistband and tried to get rid of it, after which officers searched the car, finding seven rifles, two handguns, and close to 2,000 rounds of ammunition. Detectives believe that Cardoza and Silva were headed to Santa Barbara to sell the weapons and ammunition.

Detectives later search Cardoza’s home, where they found Ramirez, who said he and Cardoza lived together. Inside, officers found three methamphetamine pipes, a narcotics scale, a gun safe, and another rifle and associated ammunition. Detectives discovered that the guns were stolen, but they haven’t yet found the owner. Once they do, Harwood said, the three men may face additional charges.


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Looks like Mexican Mafioso to me.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 6:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)

So you mean to tell me that my tax dollars were spent on what took police a year long investigation to only recover crack pipes, and riffles that look to be in worse condition then these three degenerates! I feel much better now that these three are off the streets of Santa Barbara, while these gang-banger scums kill each other and harass innocent citizens, just great!

1123inde (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 8:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

A little bit of garbage removed from the streets, now burn
it and dump it in the landfill.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 9:17 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't think our local landfill can disposing human remains.

SB2SB (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 10:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

These guys were small fish, but if those guns are stolen then nail em' for stolen firearms. But zuma's right, garbage IS garbage, better off the streets than on them.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 4:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What? No reference to their Hispanic last names or their ethnicity, you guys are getting boring.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 6:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Do Mexican kids, who grow up to be criminals, actually have parents? If yes, what the hell were they doing in the kids childhoods? Teaching them to be criminals. I'm amazed how many Mexican's grow up to be criminals. Seems like a lot.

khiggler (anonymous profile)
November 16, 2013 at 11:21 a.m. (Suggest removal)

There we go, now that was a good one. You are right khiggler, Mexicans are all criminals from the richest (Carlos Slim) to the poorest, and should be put in concentration camps. Wait, there are concentration camps already, and they are in CDC. So how do you propose on solving the Mexican question, perhaps a final solution.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 16, 2013 at 2:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

What? No reference to their Hispanic last names or their ethnicity, you guys are getting boring.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 15, 2013 at 6:15 p.m

I can reference them, I will say anything you want, but I charge a fee for my services. I can make stereotypes about any demographic on the planet, but I charge $100 per hour for my services, and want my money up front.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 16, 2013 at 6:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It is ZERO coincidence these guys have "Hispanic" last names. Isn't the majority of gang involvement in the area people with "Hispanic" surnames?
So the guns were in fact stolen: FELONY! I guess they were soldiers in the "war on drugs" & were on their way to either KP or latrine duty.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2013 at 11:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It is all the Hispanics and blacks fault, you are right.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2013 at 6:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

AZ: Should we lecture them about Black Market economics or do you think we'd be wasting time?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2013 at 7:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Some people panic if it's Hispanic.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2013 at 7:44 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, if their surnames were Smith, Jones, Richards, they'd get the same scrutiny. But the reality is that this area has a higher Hispanic population & the predominant population will have the higher visibility in the criminal product.
Simply put, you got a population of 100 people, 50 are Gonzalez, 50 are Smith, guess what? The criminal fringe element (let's use 4%) will be equal in both groups, thus 2 criminal Gonzalez, 2 criminal Smiths, everybody else obeys the law.
Bump that to 75 Gonzalez, 25 Smith, using the 4% criminal fringe figure you'll have criminal 3 Gonzales, 1 Smith, everybody else obeys the law.
So por favor AZ2SB, get over the "race" bull, it clearly is about population numbers, not race.
Want to know a little secret? There's a White skinhead gang in town called Rock Creek Skins who claim Rocky Nook Park as their turf & yes, they're in the system. But guess what? They're outnumbered by their Hispanic gang counterparts.
Oh, here's another little secret for you. remember the prolific car burglar w/ gang affiliation that got caught recently? Check out his last name. NOT HISPANIC! Yet he's still a scumbag. Get it straight bro, it is about crime, NOT RACE.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 20, 2013 at 10:43 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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