Numerous arrests were made in two investigations of dealing narcotics within Santa Barbara County.
Following a three-month-long investigation, Eliana Thomas was arrested on January 5 after a search of her residence on the 2300 block of De la Vina Street. “Over one-and-a-half ounces of methamphetamine, six bindles of tar heroin, dozens of Vicodin/Oxycontin pills, and brass knuckles” were found, according to the press release put out by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office. The value of the drugs was estimated to be $5,000. Additional drug paraphernalia was also found.
Four young children, aged from 5 to 15 years old, lived in the residence and were within reach of both the narcotics and used syringes. They were taken to Cottage Hospital for screening and given to a family member.
During the search, suspect Mark Poulos came to purchase drugs, and was also arrested for soliciting narcotics and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Poulos’s bail was set at $2,500, and Thomas’s at $100,000 for multiple charges.
Following a six-month-long investigation, an alleged dealer’s residence was searched in the 600 block of Pilgrim Terrace Drive on January 6. The suspect, Corey Towne, was contacted. He had “over a half-ounce of methamphetamine, three pounds of processed marijuana, and numerous prescription pills,” according to the press release by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office. He was also in possession of drug paraphernalia. Altogether, he had an estimated $9,000 worth of drugs.
Cambria Beeson, another suspect, was within the residence and was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, and was taken to Santa Barbara County Jail with a bail of $2,500. Towne was arrested on multiple charges with bail set at $30,000.