Lompoc police sweep results in 11 arrests, seizure of guns, drugs

Lompoc police sweep results in 11 arrests, seizure of guns, drugs

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Several Lompoc residents were arrested and multiple guns and drugs were seized in a sweep conducted by the Lompoc Police Department this week in conjunction with other area law enforcement agencies.

The Lompoc Police Department conducted about 60 compliance checks throughout the Lompoc area, according to officials.

Eleven people were arrested for a range of alleged crimes as a result of the checks, with assistance provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, Santa Barbara County Probation Department, Santa Barbara City Police Department and the state parole office.

Among those arrested were Eddie Morello, 28; Edgar Gutierrez, 24; Eric Catalan, 23; Ian Coggin, 48; Jose Cruz, 23; Justin Howren Jr., 23; Kiari Carter, 24; Nicholas Freitas, 36; Oscar Diaz, 26; Shaylee Lopez, 18; and Vanessa Gonzales, 27.

They were variously booked on suspicion of possessing a concealed firearm, possessing narcotics for sale, being a felon in possession of firearms, being a felon in possession of ammunition and vehicle theft along with outstanding warrants.

The Lompoc Police Department reported it seized two illegal firearms, about 1 pound of methamphetamine and “a large amount” of cocaine.

The items were seized from subjects who were already on county probation, according to the Lompoc Police Department.

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