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Man suspected of selling heroin arrested in Goleta

Posted at 11:59 AM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 14:59:22-04

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials arrested a Goleta man Wednesday on suspicion of dealing drugs, including heroin.

Sheriff’s officials say during a traffic stop, Omar Alfaro-Rios, 43, was found to be in possession of approximately one pound of black tar heroin. It was reportedly hidden in his waistband. Officials say he also had a small amount of methamphetamine in one of his pockets.

Heroin reportedly seized during a traffic stop in Goleta. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)


Following the traffic stop, detectives served a search warrant at his home in the 200 block of Big Sur Dr.

Sheriff’s officials say they found evidence of drug sales and trafficking, including a scale with heroin residue on it.

Items reportedly seized during search of Alfaro-Rios’ vehicle and home. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)


Alfaro-Rios was arrested and booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession for sales of a controlled substance, transportation of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute, and possession of a controlled substance.

Omar Alfaro-Rios