Santa Barbara Police Arrest Ventura Drug Dealer

Hernan Gutierrez Had 3 Pounds of Cocaine, 1.3 Pounds of Methamphetamine, and $90,000 in Cash

Thursday, October 31, 2013
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Hernan Lizardo Gutierrez
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Hernan Lizardo Gutierrez

A Ventura-based drug dealer who was a major supplier in the City of Santa Barbara was arrested Wednesday after a two-week investigation. Santa Barbara narcotics officers made contact with Hernan Gutierrez, 32, during a traffic stop on West Haley Street at around 8:50 a.m. and found him in possession of two ounces of cocaine and one ounce of methamphetamine. During a search of Gutierrez’s home in Ventura, detectives found three pounds of cocaine, 1.3 pounds of methamphetamine, and $90,000 in cash. They also recovered a 9mm handgun and a kilo press, a device that compresses drugs into rectangular bricks approximately one kilogram in weight. Gutierrez was booked in County Jail with bail set at $100,000.


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he will make bail and continue his business asap. And the wheel goes round and round and.......

BacktoSanity (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 1:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Anybody who wants this person in jail simply for making voluntary market transactions and supports the police state for doing so belongs in prison themselves for encouraging kidnapping by the state. You have no right to put somebody in a cage who has not hurt anybody.

BtS, I have told you time and time again.. If you want this cycle to stop, then legalize drugs. The drug dealer will be put out of business OVERNIGHT if you legalize drugs. These $90k profits will turn into $900 profits and it won't happen in a back alley.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 2:19 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You have told us time and time again and we just don't get it!
So are you anti government or just anti law enforcement?
Do you support Obamacare and wealth redistribution via "entitlements' but are against law and order?I suppose then government should be a buffet where you can pick and choose what you like and rail against what you don't,but the reality is either less or more gov't and all that goes with it....

garfish (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 5:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well....good thing his drug dealing days are over.
He can enroll at UCSB now, and get his life
back on track.......He just needs another chance.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
October 31, 2013 at 6:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Come on loony, enough w/ this "war on drugs" bs. You know dang well that the crimes these fools commit goes WAY outside the drug realm.
You're caught up in a Reagan era fantasy that while failed, still does keep bad guys outta your yard.
Go ahead, post a youtube, wikipedia, whatever link justifying your paranoid fantacy, anybody of reality knows exactly what it is: PARANOIA!

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

If oil was illegal, you'd have truckers carrying automatic assault rifles to protect their product too. If cocaine was legal, you'd have coca-cola making billions off it and the small business guys like this would still get locked up for cutting into corporate profits. Illegal drugs = cartels making billions illegally and weapon carrying agents. C'mon, if we have to endure commercials for the pharmaceutical industry, the real stuff that their crap is made from and better should be legal. Loon has a point.

spacey (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 1:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

garfish, no, I do not believe in forced wealth distribution of any kind.

And thank you spacey, it's so hard to believe that in this day and age these commenters really can't see that the reason why the violent crimes related to drugs occur is only because of the war on drugs. Hopefully by reading your analogy regarding oil truck drivers carrying automatic weapons they will begin to see that they are wrong.

But first I think what needs to sink in is that if oil was made illegal, hypothetically let's say by executive order from Obama, would a truck driver be committing an immoral act by transporting oil simply because somebody in the government decided to make it illegal? Of course not. What if the oil was going to help keep people warm and fed?

But here's the real kicker - this guy was never charged with any violent crimes, but these posters are under the assumption that said drug dealer commits violent crimes and we should sentence him based on having committed them!! Holy mother of tyranny, don't let these police state nuts ever get into power!! This mindset is very dangerous and is the entire reason why we have such a violent society today.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 3:01 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Is a garfish related to an oarfish? Just wondering.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
November 1, 2013 at 8:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They're like peas in a pod.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 2, 2013 at 1:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

That's a good one Ken.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
November 2, 2013 at 7:08 a.m. (Suggest removal)

3 pounds of cocaine? -- that's a lot! Wish this guy was my friend, lol

Schifter (anonymous profile)
November 2, 2013 at 2:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Gar and Blah sound like DARE officers.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 2, 2013 at 9:27 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Nah AZ2SB, not D.A.R.E. officers, just realists. I'll bet you upfront this guy has ties to other past crimes NOT involving the "war on drugs" theme.
Zuma, he's had chances before, here's your result. But hey, a 3rd, th, 5th, etc. chance is all these guys need.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2013 at 4:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

DARE officers pump the same propaganda that you both speak, that is why I called you that. True, this isn't this guy's first rodeo, but then again why do you expect when our laws have opened a billion dollar illegal drug market to the most ruthless takers? Do you think the bad guys are going to let the DEA and the US gov't make all the money? If you are realist, then you should not be a stranger to the fact that people like drugs and will use them even if the law says not to. If you are a realist, then you should know that not all the drugs approved by the FDA are good for you, and that means that they also have banned drugs that are good for you because they are controlled by pharmaceutical companies bottom line interests. The Drug War is a farce that has done more damage to our society than the drugs we try to prohibit. I don't agree with the destruction of addiction, but I also don't agree with the destruction of corruption that has been brought upon us by this drug war.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2013 at 6:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

*Initiates Slow Clap*

loonpt (anonymous profile)
November 4, 2013 at 7:46 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is the war on us.

"The incident began January 2, 2013 after David Eckert finished shopping at the Wal-Mart in Deming. According to a federal lawsuit, Eckert didn't make a complete stop at a stop sign coming out of the parking lot and was immediately stopped by law enforcement.

Eckert's attorney, Shannon Kennedy, said in an interview with KOB that after law enforcement asked him to step out of the vehicle, he appeared to be clenching his buttocks. Law enforcement thought that was probable cause to suspect that Eckert was hiding narcotics in his anal cavity. While officers detained Eckert, they secured a search warrant from a judge that allowed for an anal cavity search.

The lawsuit claims that Deming Police tried taking Eckert to an emergency room in Deming, but a doctor there refused to perform the anal cavity search citing it was "unethical."

But physicians at the Gila Regional Medical Center in Silver City agreed to perform the procedure and a few hours later, Eckert was admitted.

1. Eckert's abdominal area was x-rayed; no narcotics were found.

2. Doctors then performed an exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

3. Doctors performed a second exam of Eckert's anus with their fingers; no narcotics were found.

4. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.

5. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a second time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.

6. Doctors penetrated Eckert's anus to insert an enema a third time. Eckert was forced to defecate in front of doctors and police officers. Eckert watched as doctors searched his stool. No narcotics were found.

7. Doctors then x-rayed Eckert again; no narcotics were found.

8. Doctors prepared Eckert for surgery, sedated him, and then performed a colonoscopy where a scope with a camera was inserted into Eckert's anus, rectum, colon, and large intestines. No narcotics were found.

Throughout this ordeal, Eckert protested and never gave doctors at the Gila Regional Medical Center consent to perform any of these medical procedures.

"If the officers in Hidalgo County and the City of Deming are seeking warrants for anal cavity searches based on how they're standing and the warrant allows doctors at the Gila Hospital of Horrors to go in and do enemas and colonoscopies without consent, then anyone can be seized and that's why the public needs to know about this," Kennedy said. "

loonpt (anonymous profile)
November 5, 2013 at 10:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Paranoia, they're out to get ALL OF US! Puh-leeze! The only war is in your head & your propaganda is just as useless as that of a D.A.R.E. officer's, just on the opposite end of useless.
I guess when folks form their own opinion based on experience & observation it is useless propaganda, except when it coincides/mingles/compliments w/ YOUR useless propaganda.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
November 12, 2013 at 10:28 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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