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UPDATE: Santa Maria man arrested after deputies respond to complaints of illegal campsite in Orcutt

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 01:20:27-04

UPDATE (6:07 p.m.) – Sheriff’s officials say deputies found a large amount of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, pellet guns, bicycles and other items during the search of an illegal campsite near the Bradley Dip in Orcutt.

Matthew Lee Caldwell, 30, of Santa Maria was arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment, committing a felony while out on bail, possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivation of marijuana, unlawful possession of nongame bird parts, outdoor fire for disposal of waste, building a campfire in a hazardous fire area, burning falling timber without a permit, maintaining or using a campfire on brush or grass-covered land without permission, possession of drug or restricted item in a public park, and trespassing in a county park.

Matthew Caldwell


A female juvenile was also taken into protective custody by Child Welfare Services.

Investigators searched the campsite after several reports of illicit drug activity, attempted assaults, theft, and a possible endangered female juvenile. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)
Items reportedly seized during the campsite search. (Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)


(11:06 a.m.) – At least one arrest was made in connection with a search warrant served in Orcutt Wednesday morning that prompted a large response from authorities.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says deputies along with several other allied agencies responded around 6:45 a.m. to the Okerblom Trail near the Bradley Dip to serve the search warrants at tents in the area.

Officials say the response comes after several reports were made regarding juvenile harassment, drug sales and illegal fires.

The investigation is ongoing but KSBY was told at least one arrest was made.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.