Photo: Anthony Guzman
Santa Barbara County – The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department Special Investigations Bureau, working in collaboration with the SBSD Compliance Response Team in an endeavor that SBSD Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover characterizes as “keeping our communities safe through proactive law enforcement” appears to have succeeded in that effort with the November 30th arrest of 27-year-old Santa Maria resident Anthony Guzman.
Guzman, already on probation for prior drug offense convictions, was sought on an arrest warrant on the afternoon of the 30th when he was spotted by detectives standing in front of a Santa Maria elementary school that was in session with students on campus.
With his whereabouts no longer in question, the cops surveilled Guzman for a short period of time. It wasn’t long before he was observed “engaged in the sale of narcotics”.
Guzman was immediately contacted and taken into custody. A search of his person and his vehicle led to the discovery of 61 grams of methamphetamine, “a small amount of heroin,” loads of cash, and all the paraphernalia “consistent with the sale of narcotics.”
Guzman was transported to Santa Barbara County Jail, where he was booked on his outstanding arrest warrant and on charges of possessing a controlled substance for sale and selling drugs within 1000 yards of a school.
He remains in custody on a no bail hold.
Photos: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking, SBSD Special Investigations Bureau.