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Wanted felon arrested with loaded gun and drugs, Santa Barbara Sheriffs Office says

Posted at 1:43 PM, Oct 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-13 16:49:42-04

Santa Barbara Compliance Response Team (CRT) members found 35-year-old wanted felon, Erik Duran, at a storage facility in Santa Maria, according to a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office press release.

The release said CRT members conducted an investigation into the whereabouts of Duran because he had a no-bail warrant for his arrest because he avoided terms of his probation.


They tracked Duran to the back cargo area of a storage facility on the 300 block of Roemer Way in Santa Maria.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office said Duran was inside his car when CRT members contacted him. Duran then led CRT members on a short foot chase, which led to his arrest.

Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

When CRT members searched his car they found 7.5 pounds of methamphetamine, 0.5 pounds of heroin, more than $3,000 in cash, a loaded 9-millimeter semi-automatic handgun, 17 rounds of handgun ammunition, brass knuckles and a taser hidden as a handgun.

Photo Courtesy: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

Duran was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on several charges of:

  • Possession of methamphetamine for sales
  • Possession of heroin for sales
  • Possession of a loaded/concealed firearm with narcotics for sale
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Felon in possession of ammunition
  • Felon in possession of a stun gun
  • Possession of brass knuckles
  • Resisting arrest
  • Probation violation