Just after a five-months-long investigation into Lompoc methamphetamine sales led to four arrests, Sheriff’s narcotics detectives arrested two Santa Barbara men in a similar investigation into south county meth sales.
According to a Thursday Sheriff’s Office press release, Michael Lopez, 29 was arrested after a four-month-long investigation indicated he was involved in meth trafficking. Detectives served a search warrant Thursday at Lopez’s home and car on the 4300 block of Calle Real in Santa Barbara.
“A Sheriff’s K9 located a small amount of methamphetamine behind the air vent in the dashboard of his primary vehicle and 1/4 pound of methamphetamine secreted behind the center console,” said the Sheriff’s Office release. The wholesale value of the drugs is estimated at “approximately $900.” Lopez was consequently arrested for alleged possession of meth for sale and possession of narcotics paraphernalia, as well as for reported probation violation. He is being held without bail at County Jail.
During the search of Lopez’s home, detectives also discovered Jesus Lopez-Zamora, 42, who was booked into County Jail for alleged possession of a controlled substance. According to the Sheriff’s Office, Lopez-Zamora had reportedly been wanted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the first priority level for past convictions and deportations. He was taken into custody by ICE, whose closest temporary holding facility is in Santa Maria.