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Deputies arrest 2 people in Santa Maria after discovery of drugs, hazardous chemicals

Posted at 11:10 AM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 14:10:47-05

Two people were arrested Wednesday in Santa Maria after sheriff’s deputies say a traffic stop led to the discovery of drugs.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say when deputies stopped the vehicle for expired registration, they found three grams of methamphetamine, a scale and drug paraphernalia.

After the driver was arrested, sheriff’s officials say investigators searched a property associated with the driver in the 200 block of E. Foster Rd.

They say they found more drugs and paraphernalia there, along with hazardous chemicals, barrels labeled “hydrochloric acid” and “corrosive disinfectant,” and substandard dwellings. Investigators say raw sewage was being dumped on the property and the residents were stealing water from a neighboring property.

Nicholas Blaylock, 58, was arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, and committing a felony while on bail.

Ciara Owen, 20, was arrested for drug-related warrants.

Nicholas Blaylock (l) and Ciara Owen (r)