Handgun, Drugs Recovered During Routine Traffic Stop

Police Arrest Four On Various Charges

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
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Santa Barbara police arrested four people at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning after officers pulled over their car for a routine traffic stop. One of the suspects — Ronald Contreras, 29 — is an area gang member out on parole for robbery. Another — Alvaro Pinedo, 27 — is on probation for vandalism and stalking. Also arrested were Jamie Gonzalez, 23, and Stephanie Herrera, 22.

Contreras was driving, and a search of the car turned up 17.2 grams of methamphetamine, 3.3 grams of marijuana, a meth pipe, a folding knife, and a loaded handgun. “The handgun was found underneath the front passenger seat of the vehicle [and] was accessible to all of the occupants,” said police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood. Therefore, all four suspects were charged with firearm possession on top of various drug charges.

They were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on bail amounts ranging from $100,000 to $35,000.


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Hope all four go to prison for a long time.

ramoncramon (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 1:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

^I hope you go to jail for a long time for advocating placing peaceful people in a cage.

Unless they hurt somebody, what was the crime again?? They are charging all four with firearm possession because there was a gun under the front passenger seat??

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 3:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Not my kind of people....but to each his own.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 3:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Let's think about this for a minute. Why would they have a gun? Oh, I don't know, because they had 17.2 grams of meth which I'm guessing costs upwards of $500 or more and they didn't want anybody to steal it from them?

Of course, if drugs were legal, 17.2 grams of meth would probably cost about 80 cents to manufacture and could be sold for less than $2...... Do you think they would need the gun in their car if they were running around with $2 worth of product as opposed to over $500 worth of product?

Drugs are worthless, the only thing that gives them value is the fact that they are illegal. Almost all of the problems drugs create stem from the fact that they are illegal, very expensive with an extremely high profit margin.

Can we PLEASE stop arresting non-violent individuals for drug crimes?? It's not helping.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 3:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loony is losing it...
Are you more threatened by people who make statements you disagree with than those who roll around at 3am with meth and ONLY 1 handgun in the car?
These thugs would have turned violent in an accelerated heart beat!
I am pretty sure the raw materials to make 17 grams of meth costs way more than 80 cents-and anyone driving is in possession of way over $500 in assets so in loony's opinion we should all be packing-unless you are a milquetoast law abiding hater.

garfish (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 4:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Oh gee, I would never consider profiling these individuals based on their looks or GLOWING RED EYES! Looks like someone was messing with the profits!

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 4:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, I am threatened more by people who want to lock-up non-violent individuals in a cage than I am by non-violent individuals who are only rolling around with guns at 2am because the people who want to lock-up non-violent drug offenders had their laws passed and the substances they are carrying are worth hundreds of times more than they ought to be.

And no, I do not believe that the raw materials to make 17 grams of meth cost much more than 80 cents, if that. If they do, it is because government has regulated the raw materials so tightly that the expense to produce, store and secure them has gone up artificially.

17 grams is a little more than a half an ounce, it is not very much product at all.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 4:54 p.m. (Suggest removal)

garfish, you think it is easier to slip off with a small baggy placed in your pocket or a car with a license plate and VIN #??

They likely have the gun for participating in drug deals so they don't get screwed over. That is because if they report a crime to police where their money or drugs were stolen, the police will not help. Yes, some scummy people do drugs, but there are a lot more scummy people working for the Federal Govt., Wall St., Goldman Sachs, etc... Not all drug users are scummy people.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 4:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

allrighty then.

garfish (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

We'd all be safer if we were all packing and all drugs were legal. The real danger we face is an electorate that refuses to acknowledge that government and law enforcement are very aware of these facts.

We'll have drug laws and gun laws as long as we have law enforcement unions and prison unions controlling the electoral process through campaign contributions and endorsements.

We need to realize that public safety union lobbying is motivated by an interest in the safety of the public as Monsanto's lobbying against labeling of GMO-containing food is motivated by interest in the safety of the public..

14noscams (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 7:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So-back to the four in the car.
They were undercover Monsanto agents?
It's OK to make and do meth but not GMO's?
OK,Got it.

garfish (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 9:04 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why does this guy look so familiar? Oh there we go:

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 29, 2013 at 10:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loony lost it long ago, garfish.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2013 at 4:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Let me spell it out for you garfish because two of us have clearly explained it to you and it hasn't sunk in yet -

The war on drugs causes the problems YOU complain about, including the above scenario. If the war on drugs did not exist, the above problems would not exist.

You root for the war on drugs.

You root for the VERY THING that causes the problems you hate. Gangs exist because of the war on drugs. The more you fight the war on drugs, the more problems you have, like above.

Is it sinking in for you yet?

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2013 at 8:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Love the Gang Tat's, Mexican Mafia, MS-13, Latin Kings, etc. Mr. Ronald Contreras, is just the kind of man we need in our Government to keep a lid on what's important...Yeah Right!

dou4now (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2013 at 12:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

A fine group of cellworthy animals to keep caged for a long long time.
Hey, Ronnie, homeboy---wake up---you're getting yer pitchure taken!


Draxor (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Really?? What is with this crowd? Why do the two girls belong in prison? Do you want to "teach them a lesson" or are you really scared of them? Do you realize what lessons they will learn in prison? They are going to be worse when they get out than when they went in..

I swear you people just want them in jail because you are jealous of how much these "losers" are getting laid or something.. what are you, in middle school??

I can think of no other explanation as to why the two young women should be in prison unless they have committed violent acts.

All of you should be in prison for supporting politicians kidnapping and torturing of non-violent individuals. YOU are responsible, and I believe YOU will be held accountable one day in one form or another.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2013 at 2:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There's 2007 US Supreme Court case law based on a nearly identical situation. A passenger challenged the legality of the traffic stop and won.
This was a "routine" traffic stop.
A person in the company of someone who possesses illegal drugs can be charged as an accessory or co-conspirator.
This isn't about drugs, it's about money. 25% of private prison income is derived from incarcerating non-violent offenders of victimless drug laws.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2013 at 4:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Unless they were going to smoke out this gun, I doubt there would have been a victimless use of it.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 30, 2013 at 7:06 p.m. (Suggest removal)

People make mistakes, mistakes help us grow! Unless you know these 4 individuals keep your negative comments to your self and quit judging those who you don't even know! They are not violent people! Yeah so what there has a handgun found in the car, woopi big deal! Bet the parents of the children who own a toy gun aren't being judged huh.... We need to stop arresting non-violent individuals for drug crimes!! Substance abuse is a mental disease not a violent crime! Putting them behind bars is not going to help them what's so ever! Instead they should offer a program and some damn support to all those suffering from a substance abuse problem. Incarcerating them is worthless! They are sick and need help! They aren't any different from anyone else, we are all human we all eat, sh*t, and sleep! These four individuals are NOT bad people! They were driving somewhere they weren't hurting anyone! A knife is a tool, I myself have one in my car! sad how people can turn against others without knowing them. It's the drug wars we should be mad at as well as the dirty government! These 4 individuals need held and support to rid there dependency on drugs! Set them free!!! Free Ronald! Free Alvaro, Free Jaimie, Free Stephanie!!

SBchick (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 1:15 a.m. (Suggest removal)

That post is a joke, right? A loaded handgun is a tool too. It makes a great hammer.

Botany (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 5:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

LOONY TO THE RESCUE! Problem though is like his "war on drugs" shenanigans, his rescue is a figment of the imagination (to the very least).
SBchick, your comment sounds like your homies got popped by the popo & your supply of the "good stuff" has now been curtailed. Maybe if you're nice to loony he can hook it up!
War on drugs my patootie! These are thugs, the drugs only fuel their lust for control & power & their intent to terrorize their neighbors. Urban terrorists IS what they are & locked up is where they need to be.
No nice guys in that bunch, just pathetic excuses for oxygen, food, space & water usage.
Once again, the Drax takes the cake for tellin' it like it is! Props to you pops!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 11:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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