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Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office arrests gang member on gun, drug charges

Posted: 3:52 PM, Oct 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-10 20:07:00-04
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Jacob Cardenas

A known gang member was arrested by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Bureau Tuesday after a months-long investigation.

Detectives had been looking for 26-year-old Jacob Cardenas of Santa Maria, who they say was known to be a convicted felon and a Westpark gang member.

Cardenas was currently on active probation.

Sheriff’s officials say they served three search warrants in connection to Cardenas on Tuesday. While officials were conducing the search, they say they found Cardenas in his home on the 400 block of E. Mill St. attempting to flush drugs down the toilet. Detectives ended up forcing their way into the bathroom and arrested him.

During the search warrant, detectives say they found 3 ½ pounds of methamphetamine, six firearms and about $11,000 in cash.

Cardenas was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of possession for sales of a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and possession of a controlled substance while armed.

He was also taken into custody on a $75,000 warrant connected to an incident involving a chase with the Santa Maria Police Department a week before.

Cardenas is being held without bail.