Thirteen arrested for drug trafficking
May 4, 2011
Thirteen men from Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties were arrested on narcotics and gang related charges, the result of a year-long investigation involving local, state and federal law-enforcement agencies.
The men are suspected members of a Lompoc-based subset of the Six Deuce Brims Bloods and the Northwest (Santa Maria) street gang.
Two San Luis Obispo County men, Freddie Sutton, 51, of Oceano and Christopher DeLong, 50, of Arroyo Grande, were charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and distribution of methamphetamine. Nine of the gang members are from Santa Maria.
“With this morning’s arrests, we have collectively delivered a powerful message to the criminal street gangs and drug dealers who think they can operate in this region,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “We will use every tool at our disposal to disrupt this criminal activity so that we can ensure the safety of the people who live and work in our neighborhoods.”