Joshua Honey booking photo
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY — If current trends are any indication, law enforcement officers serving search warrants on the premises of putative “non-violent” offenders need to be ready for anything. That was true in the early morning hours of October 4th in the City of Orcutt, located in the northern reaches of Santa Barbara County.
It was at 7:00 a.m., according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, when SBSD patrol deputies and detectives from the SBSD Special Investigations Bureau knocked on the door of a house to serve “a narcotics related search warrant” upon the premises and its occupants. Once the cops entered the residence, they found Joshua Honey, 33, Raeleen Alford, 30, Jonathon Alford, 28, and Natalie Hutcherson, 53, along with three children “ages ten, five, and six months.”
The detectives also located $21,000 worth of methamphetamine, assorted drug paraphernalia, and a pair of guns. The car parked outside the house was also searched, revealing a loaded .22 caliber handgun.
Pursuant to the discovery of the controlled substances and the weapons, the three young children were taken by ambulance to Marian Medical Center “for evaluation of possible methamphetamine exposure,” and were subsequently medically cleared.
For his part, Honey was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail and was booked on charges of child endangerment, possession of methamphetamine for sales, being an addict in possession of a firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, possession of a loaded firearm while in possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale within 1000 feet of a school and manufacturing, converting, or processing a controlled substance. Raeleen Alford was charged with child endangerment, while Jonathan Alford was cited for being under the influence of a controlled substance and Hutcherson was cited and released on a charge of being an addict in possession of a firearm.
Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking, SBSD