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Endangered Children Leads to Santa Barbara Arrest

A Santa Barbara man was arrested and charged with several drug related crimes and endangering six children living in his home, including his 3-year old son.

Juan Manuel Cisneros Gavia, 41, was the subject of surveillance by Santa Barbara police for a series of drug deals observed at his home in the 1100 block of Indio Muerto Street.

On September 9, officers observed Gavia was selling methamphetamine from the home. He was pulled over during a subsequent traffic stop and a search warrant was issued for the house. Officers found more than 9 1/2 ounces of meth split into hundreds of small packages for sale. They also found three guns, a small amount of heroin and $3,000 in cash. Some of the drugs and at least one gun was accessible to six children living in the house, including Gavia’s son.

Gavia was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of heroin for sale, being armed with a firearm while committing a drug offense, and child endangerment. He was booked into jail on $100,000 bail.

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