Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Detectives recovered about two pounds of methamphetamine, including an ounce concealed in a soap box, after arresting Alejandro Lopez.


Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Narcotics Detectives recovered about two pounds of methamphetamine, including an ounce concealed in a soap box, after arresting Alejandro Lopez.

Summerland Meth Arrest

Fugitive Found Hiding in Plain Sight in Montecito

Friday, September 13, 2013
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Following a yearlong investigation, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives arrested an alleged methamphetamine dealer in Summerland on Tuesday.

Alejandro Jaimes Lopez
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Alejandro Jaimes Lopez

Alejandro Jaimes Lopez, 30, had fled to Mexico over a felony warrant for his arrest in a prior case involving more than three pounds of methamphetamine, but he had recently returned to the area. After learning of his arrival, detectives located Lopez at Lookout Park in Summerland, at which point the detectives contacted him and arrested him. In the car Lopez had driven to the park, detectives found approximately two pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $24,000. Detectives later found an additional ounce of the drug — hidden in an Irish Spring soap box — in Lopez’s car parked at a Montecito home.

Lopez had worked as a landscaper for an elderly Montecito couple and had been using the couple’s yard — unbeknownst to them — to conceal the methamphetamine, detectives discovered.

Lopez was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on $250,000 bail. He faces charges of possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale and the outstanding felony warrant.


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Good lord!

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 1:39 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 2:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

^Oops you can delete that.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 2:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So why exactly are we locking up non-violent drug offenders? The only bad thing that we know of that he did was hide the stash in the elderly couple's yard and the only reason he did that is because it is illegal to posses. If he did anything else that was bad, it was most likely again because the substance is illegal and you can't call the cops when you have a dispute with a customer or client.

Is meth now suddenly off the streets of Santa Barbara, or are we just enriching another drug dealer?

We need to stop this madness.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 2:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Clearly he is dipping into his own stash.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 3:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I think he follows rule number two, or he would not have all that.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 3:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpt: We're locking up non-violent drug offenders for the same reason that we have determinate sentencing, the 3-strikes law, 3 year parole with 71% recidivism within 18 months, gang injunctions, minimal rehab ,drug therapy, counseling, education and job training in CA jails and prisons - because CCPOA, the prison guards' union, is the biggest and most powerful gang in the state, a private interest lobby whose goal is increasing the number of probation, parole, and custody jobs and increasing incarceration any way possible.

"studies are showing that prison actually has an effect of increasing crime in many ways. If you look at it at a local level, what the data shows is that in communities where increasing numbers of people are being sent to jail and prison, crime in those communities goes up…and there is speculation that it’s actually the conditions in prison that are causing these increasing crime rates." Kara Dansky, Executive Director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center

14noscams (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 4:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

^foofighter needs to read THAT. Prison is really just training camp for criminals, so it's funny that the people who seem to want to reduce crime the most are also attempting to send the most people to criminal training camp.

More prisons and more laws are not the answer to our problems, they are only making things worse.. especially since half the people in prison are there for non-crimes like drug possession or sales, yet many end up learning criminality in prison. Then when they get out and they find nobody wants to hire them because they went to jail, they turn to a life of crime.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 4:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The leading industry in California: government. The leading arm of government in terms of employment: courts, jails, prisons. Follow the money. Clowns like Frank Ochoa get elected with the conspiratorial support of clowns like Joyce Dudley and her band of merry jugglers...who win bonuses and vacations for over-charging and unethically prosecuting everything that comes their way--unless the accused happens to be a local celebrity (can you say Paula Lopez?) or a government crony (can you say Iya Falcone?)--and then making plea bargains to pump up their conviction rates...
Which does what?
Fills the jails and prisons, which is surely appreciated by the subset of morons eager to work custody jobs so that they can finally feel higher on the food chain of life...and get their benefits paid for...EVER. And who do you think they support at election time? All of the aforementioned who do an amazing job of creating the "product" (incarceration) that keeps them working.
Follow the money...

Beachgirl77 (anonymous profile)
September 14, 2013 at 11:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The fellow seems industrious. Even with the income from his meth sales, he continued to work in the great outdoors, perhaps just to have a place to keep his inventory but perhaps because he wanted to retain the psychic benefits of doing a hard day's work. Criminalization of drugs long preceded the creation of public employee unions, though the prison guards union never heard of a crime it didn't think should carry a longer sentence, It's odd to live in a police state based not upon authoritarian political philosophy but upon the simple desire of a few government employees to make a very good living from locking up their fellow citizens. If drugs were legalized (or de-criminalized), meth would still occupy a special place of concern because of its terrible effect on users, who get little or no benefit from incarceration and can continue using even in prison, thanks to smuggling conducted by . . . well, most likely, some of the keepers. What a circle.

zauche (anonymous profile)
September 15, 2013 at 9:44 a.m. (Suggest removal)

All you folks can do what you want.....
but I wouldn't be hiring someone who looks
like this guy. No thanks. Give me some
clean cut college kids to do any yard
work for me, that I can't do myself.

zuma7 (anonymous profile)
September 17, 2013 at 10:38 a.m. (Suggest removal)

zuma7- Will some ex-gangbanger college kids suffice?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
September 17, 2013 at 4:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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