Police display confiscated firearms
Santa Barbara – The Santa Barbara Police Department’s Narcotics Unit, working closely with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office has apparently caught the “Spring Cleaning” fever when it comes to putting a particular class of criminals behind bars.
According to SBPD Public Information Officer Sgt. Riley Harwood, Narcotics Unit undercover cops have been making drug and firearms purchases since late last year.
Since November 2015, detectives “facilitated contacts at various locations throughout the City of Santa Barbara” with suspects who became party to a series of “illicit transactions” having to do with controlled substances and illegal guns.
On April 30th, Harwood announced the product of the five month investigation, including the seizure of “10 firearms, 3.5 ounces of methamphetamine, 2 ounces of cocaine, and ¼ ounce of heroin,” as well as the arrest of 20 suspects, each of whom was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail and booked on a panoply of charges:
Douglas William Irlbeck, 54, of Santa Barbara was booked for unlawful sale of firearms, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and conspiracy.
Jenica Monique Ochoa, 34, of Santa Barbara, was booked and charged with unlawful sale of firearms, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition, and conspiracy.
Trevor Lamont Peters, 35, of Santa Barbara, was charged with multiple counts of methamphetamine possession.
Teon Tondale West, 22, of Santa Barbara, was charged with solicitation of a minor for drug sales, child endangerment, possession and sale of cocaine.
Donnor Dean Elmore, 19 of Santa Barbara, was charged with solicitaiton of a minor for drug sales and child endangerment.
Joshua Lee Hills, 23, of Santa Barbara, was charged with conspiracy and sale of methamphetamine.
Jason Scott Blackwell, 33, of Santa Barbara, was charged with sale of methamphetamine and conspiracy.
Also arrested on booked on nearly identical charges were Santa Barbara residents James Stanley Mercer, 60, Alvanna Denita Oliphant, 26, Jesse Joseph Arthur Moliterno, 30, Tracy Anne Bedsaul, 51, Bonnie Marie Pesek, 54, Michael Schoepp, 52, Jacqueline Marie Morse, 51, Kristian Dane Anfuso, 39, Emilio Zamorano, 40 (also charged with possession of counterfeit currency), David Brian Taylor, 49, Katherine Anne Robinson, 55, John Thomas Williams, 37, Steven Lars Carson, 57, and Lillian Rose Stewart, 75.
Photos courtesy of SBSD