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Suspected methamphetamine dealer arrested in Santa Maria

Posted at 12:51 PM, Dec 21, 2018

A suspected methamphetamine dealer was arrested this week in Santa Maria.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says its Special Investigations Bureau, a K9 and personnel from Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives worked together to conduct a search warrant Tuesday at a home along the 700 block of West Harding Avenue.

There, officials say more than one kilo of suspected methamphetamine packaged in quarter-pound bundles was seized.

Detectives also reportedly found items consistent with drug trafficking and seized a previously reported stolen handgun and stolen vehicle, according to a press release.

Julio Cesar Aguilar-Lopez, 38, of Santa Maria was arrested on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for the purpose of sales, possessing a stolen firearm and stolen vehicle, officials say.

He was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $300,000.

Julio Cesar Aguilar-Lopez
Julio Cesar Aguilar-Lopez