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Heroin dealer sentenced to prison

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jan 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 18:03:34-05

A man who was connected to heroin sales in Santa Barbara was sentenced to nine years in state prison last week, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.

Salvador Cortes Duran, 56, reached a plea deal on charges of selling heroin, possession of heroin for sale, and being in possession of several handguns.

Duran, who lived in Oxnard, was first connected to drug sales in the City of Santa Barbara in 2015, when police arrested two people who had purchased a large amount of heroin from Duran and then returned to Santa Barbara to sell the drugs.

Duran was arrested and later released on bail. While out on bail, investigators reportedly determined that he was selling heroin again in Oxnard and he was charged and convicted of drug-related offenses in Ventura County.

His total sentence for his convictions in both counties is 12 years and four months in state prison.

Salvador Cortes Duran