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Sheriff’s detectives arrest two suspected drug dealers in Santa Barbara

Posted at 5:00 PM, Jan 11, 2019

Two suspected drug dealers were arrested at a Santa Barbara motel Thursday, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s officials say detectives conducted a probation search at the motel in the 3500 block of State Street and found more than a quarter-pound of suspected methamphetamine, approximately nine grams of suspected heroin, more than $7,000 in cash, and other items they say are consistent with drug trafficking. They also reportedly recovered a stolen vehicle.

Items seized during drug investigation. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)


Detectives arrested Michael Diaz, 26, of Santa Barbara and Gabriel Camacho, 39, of Oxnard on suspicion of possessing drugs for sale. Sheriff’s officials say Diaz was also linked to vehicle thefts in Santa Barbara and had two felony warrants.

Michael Diaz (l) and Gabriel Camacho (r)


Four other people at the scene were reportedly found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of heroin and were cited and released.