Santa Barbara – Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Detectives, in their unrelenting pursuit of criminal activity throughout their jurisdiction, routinely conduct “probation search” activities in and around the premises wherein parolees are known to reside. One such routine search in the morning of May 10th became somewhat more than merely “routine” when, according to SBSD Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, deputies with the Criminal Investigations Division—working collaboratively with Santa Barbara County Probation Officers—visited a Casmalia area home came into contact with their subject of interest, Joseph Davirro, Jr.
Mr. Davirro, 50, was located inside what Hoover described in her report to the media as “a camp trailer” on the premises, and when contacted by investigating deputies reacted less than rationally by “refusing to identify himself or to comply with verbal orders” was determined to be quite likely under the influence of a controlled substance. Whether or not Mr. Davirro had merely missed his morning coffee was not determined by the deputies, who took Mr. Davirro into custody, as further investigation pursuant to a “protective sweep” permitted without search warrant due to his probationary status, revealed evidence of methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia, and marijuana horticultural activities.
Davirro was arrested and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail where he was booked on charges of possession of a dangerous drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivation of marijuana, being under the influence of a controlled substance, obstruction of an officer in the performance of his duties, and resisting arrest. Mr. Davirro posted bail and was released on bond the same day, presumably to return to his picturesque “camp trailer” lifestyle.
Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking
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