The following is taken from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department commander's recap for the Santa Ynez Valley patrol. Those appearing as "arrested" have only been arrested on suspicion of the crime indicated and are presumed innocent.

Tuesday, Oct. 3:

INCIDENT — A man was cited for five Vehicle Code violations and his truck and trailer were impounded after a deputy’s suspicions were aroused when he spotted the man securing a load of scrap metal on the trailer about 10:50 a.m.

The deputy noticed the truck didn’t have a front license plate, and the trailer registration was expired, so he made a traffic stop and contacted the driver, who admitted he was driving on a suspended license, he had no proof of insurance and that registration was expired on the trailer and expired more than 180 days on the truck.

While on the stop, the deputy discovered the man had a history of metal theft and drug violations in Santa Maria, and a search of the vehicle revealed an open container of marijuana. The man claimed he had received the scrap metal from the Hadsten House.

After being cited for two counts of operating a vehicle with no registration, having no proof of insurance, having a license plate missing, driving on a suspended license and having an open container, the man was released.

Wednesday, Oct. 4:

ARREST — A man was arrested on suspicion of violating drug and fraud laws after deputies patrolling the Chumash Casino parking structure spotted a rifle lying on the back seat of his vehicle.

Paulino Mata Rameriz gave deputies consent to search his vehicle and allegedly admitted to having “a pipe and drugs” inside.

The search allegedly turned up two glass pipes with burned residue inside and 1.57 grams of suspected methamphetamine. Deputies also said they found a bank card with another man’s name on it.

Rameriz was arrested on suspicion of credit card fraud, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia and booked into Santa Barbara Jail.

Sunday, Oct. 8:

ARREST — A man who was stopped for driving on the wrong side of the road was arrested on suspicion of violating drug laws about 1:14 a.m.

After stopping driver Aristeo Limon Jr. at Mission Drive and Pine Street in Solvang, a deputy allegedly noticed Limon displaying symptoms of being under the influence of drugs and located a methamphetamine pipe in the car.

Limon was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia and failing to drive on the right side of the road and was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail.

ARREST — A routine traffic stop about 9:15 a.m. at 3400 Highway 246 in Santa Ynez resulted in the arrest of three people on a variety of Penal Code and Health and Safety Code violations.

Following the stop, Mario Garcia and Danny Paz allegedly gave false names in an attempt to evade warrants for their arrest but later admitted their true identities.

A search of the vehicle allegedly turned up several used hypodermic syringes, a used methamphetamine pipe, a scale with methamphetamine residue on it and several bags of controlled substances.

A search of Paz’s phone allegedly resulted in the discovery of texts related to drug transactions, and both Garcia and Paz were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of controlled substances for sale, providing a false name to police and possession of false identification.

The third man, Peter Montoya, was arrested on suspicion of possession narcotics paraphernalia.

Monday, Oct. 9:

INCIDENT — A deputy spotted a man he knew had a suspended license driving a vehicle on Edison Street in Santa Ynez about 3:20 p.m., but before he could make a traffic stop, the man pulled into a parking lot.

After being contacted by the deputy, the man admitted he was driving on a suspended license.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy allegedly found a used methamphetamine pipe, which the man claimed was his. He was issued a citation for possessing drug paraphernalia, and his vehicle was impounded.

Wednesday, Oct. 11:

ARREST — A man was arrested on suspicion of Penal Code and Health and Safety Code violations about 8:45 a.m. after deputies were called to a dirt parking lot at Edison and Numancia streets in Santa Ynez to investigate a report of people smoking methamphetamine.

When deputies contacted a couple at that location, they allegedly spotted a scale with methamphetamine residue inside the vehicle.

As the couple got out, the man, identified as Randall Nielsen, allegedly attempted to swallow a bindle of meth while resisting the deputy’s commands and control hold.

He was taken to the ground and subdued, then arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Friday, Oct. 17:

ARREST — About 1:45 p.m., deputies went to a home in the 100 block of Sanja Cota Avenue on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Reservation where they arrested Bryant Scott Ehrenborg for probation violations and took him to Santa Barbara Jail for booking.

During a probation search of the residence, deputies allegedly located two used methamphetamine pipes, but a woman at the residence allegedly admitted they were hers. She was issed a citation for the violation.

ARREST — Deputies were called to the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez after a man allegedly caused a disturbance with guests and casino security personnel about 3:10 p.m.

They contacted Ricky Alan Bartels, who was allegedly extremely intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety or that of others. He was taken into custody on suspicion of being drunk in public and booked into Santa Barbara Jail to sober up.


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