CARPINTERIA — Affectionately referred to by its devoted citizens as “the last great beachtown,” Carpinteria—home to exactly three traffic signals within the city limits—may be nestled between avocado orchards and the Los Padres National Forest on the north and white sandy beaches rimming the vast Pacific on the south, making it a highly sought-after destination for weekend visitors, but its tranquility and setting don’t seem to be enough to dissuade serious criminal activity from taking place in its very midst.
Evidence of that came on the morning of December 9th when, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, detectives operating out of the Special Investigations Bureau acted on information that “identified 46-year-old Kristopher Davis of Carpinteria as being a heroin trafficker.”
Working closely with officers of the Compliance Response Team and uniformed patrol deputies, detectives knocked on the door of Davis’ residence—located in a family neighborhood frequented by unwitting tourists—and served a search warrant on the premises.
Inside the home, the cops found black tar heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine “packaged for narcotics sales,” as well as an arsenal of weapons that included “two stolen handguns, one unregistered handgun, and two rifles,” as well as various illegal martial arts weapons ammunition, and knives, all prohibited items under the terms of Davis’ parole status.
Davis was taken from the scene and transported to Santa Barbara County Jail—some distance from the beach and certainly without the temperate climate enjoyed by one and all in Carpinteria—and booked on charges of possession of narcotics for sale, being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a narcotics addict in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen firearms, and possession of high-capacity magazines. He’s currently held without bail.
Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department