Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Meth Maker Busted

On Tuesday, September 10th, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives arrested a local methamphetamine dealer and seized two pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of 24 thousand dollars. 30-year-old Alejandro Jaimes Lopez had been under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office for over a year and had a felony warrant out for his arrest involving a case that yielded over three pounds of methamphetamine. Lopez fled to Mexico to avoid prosecution but recently investigators learned he was back in the area.
 
Through the course of their investigation, Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives located the drug trafficker at Lookout Park in Summerland. Lopez was contacted by investigators and was arrested pursuant to his outstanding warrant. When Sheriff’s Detectives searched the vehicle he was associated with at the park, they found approximately two pounds of methamphetamine. They also seized another ounce of methamphetamine from Lopez’s vehicle which was parked at a Montecito residence. The methamphetamine was concealed inside an Irish Springs soap box.
 
During the course of the investigation, Detectives learned that Lopez worked as a landscaper for an elderly couple in Montecito and had been hiding and stashing methamphetamine by burying it in the couple’s yard.  The homeowners were unaware of the criminal activity.
 
Lopez was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale and the outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. Bail is set at 250 thousand dollars.
 

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