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Suspected gang member arrested following narcotics investigation in Santa Maria

Posted at 9:25 PM, Apr 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-24 00:25:13-04

A suspected gang member is in custody following an investigation in Santa Maria.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says members of the Sheriff Narcotics Unit served a search warrant Tuesday morning in the 600 block of W. Morrison Avenue.

During the search, detectives say they recovered about five pounds of methamphetamine, four ounces of cocaine, three ounces of black tar heroin, $7,000 in cash, as well as a stolen handgun.

Detectives arrested Filogencio Mendoza Diaz, 24, of Santa Maria.

The sheriff’s office says Diaz is suspected of being involved in a local criminal street gang.

He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

Bail is set at $100,000, but the sheriff’s office says he is currently being held on a no-bail probation detainer.