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Two arrested for parole violations after short K9 search in Santa Maria

Two Santa Maria residents were arrested Wednesday after sheriff’s investigators served a search warrant in response to two wanted felons who were in violation of their parole.

At around 6:00 p.m., the Compliance Response Team, with assistance from Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau detectives, Santa Barbara County Probation officers and Santa Maria Police Department officers served the search warrant at a home on the 100 block of Channel Drive in Santa Maria.

Mario Delgado, 35 and Francine Correa, 34, were the subjects of the search warrant.

When law enforcement arrived to serve the search warrant, Delgado attempted to flee from the residence but was quickly apprehended. The residence was surrounded and the occupants were ordered outside, but when officers searched the residence, they were not able to locate Correa.

A search of the neighborhood was conducted utilizing two Santa Maria Police Department K9s and an alert was sent out to residents in the surrounding neighborhood notifying them about the search.

Correa was found hiding in a garage at a nearby residence. Correa kicked one of the deputies several times, while authorities attempted to make the arrest.

Delgado and Correa were booked into custody at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail. During the booking process, it was discovered that Delgado was attempting to smuggle 0.5 grams of methamphetamine into the jail.

Delgado was booked on charges of bringing a controlled substance into a custody facility and for having two no-bail probation warrants.

Correa was booked into custody for one no-bail warrant and for battery on a peace officer.

Child Welfare Services also responded when it was determined that Mario and Correa had abandoned their two minor children during their attempt to flee from law enforcement.

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