Santa Barbara City College, widely recognized as one of the state’s premier undergrad conduits to University of California enrollment, is located a stone’s throw from famed Ledbetter Beach and recreational attractions with no equal. The bluffside campus is apparently attractive to those who understand the double meaning of a “higher” education, as evidenced by the arrest on March 20th of Joshua Steinhorn, a 19 year-old SBCC student who now stands accused of the sale of controlled substances to his fellow students.
According to Santa Barbara County Sheriff Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, the arrest of Steinhorn comes as the result of a three-month investigation swirling around the appearance of MDMA, “a drug consistent with ecstacy.” In her media report, Hoover described “a typical dose of ‘Molly’ as generally .10 grams,” and indicated that pursuant to a search warrant served by the SBSD Narcotics Enforcement Unit upon Steiinhorn’s Isla Vista apartment, he was “found to be in possession of more than 4,500 doses with an estimated street value of $45,000.”
Explaining that MDMA gives users “a feeling of euphoria and empathy toward others,” Hoover explained in her report that the drug is purveyed in encapsulated powder form, and that evidence obtained in Steinhorn’s apartment indicated that he was engaged in packaging and selling the drug throughout the UCSB and Isla Vista student community.
Steinhorn was arrested on the scene without incident, and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. With his bail initially set at $30,000, he was subsequently released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court on April 25th.
Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking, Santa Barbara County Sheriff
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