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Nov 14, 2013 7:52 PM by KSBY News

Three men facing weapons charges after investigation

Three Santa Barbara County men are facing weapons charges following a year-long investigation by Santa Barbara Police Department Narcotics Unit detectives.

Police say detectives had been investigating Edward Cardoza for the past year. When they went to serve a search warrant at his Lompoc home on November 11, detectives say they observed him and another man, Steven Silva, loading what appeared to be duffel bags containing guns into a van.

Officers followed the van to Goleta, where they conducted a traffic stop. Police searched the van and say officers found seven rifles, two handguns, and approximately 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

At Cardoza's home, police say they found three methamphetamine pipes, a drug scale, a rifle, and ammunition.

Police say the guns were stolen and Cardoza and Silva planned to sell them on the streets of Santa Barbara.

Cardoza, 51, was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, being a violent felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, being a felon in possession of ammunition, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Silva, 42, of Santa Barbara, was charged with carrying a firearm concealed within a vehicle.

Louis Ramirez, 51, who lives at Cardoza's Lompoc home, is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

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