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Authorities track down wanted felon to storage facility in Santa Maria

Authorities tracked a wanted felon to a storage facility in the 300 block of Roemer Way in Santa Maria on Oct. 12 and took him into custody.

The AB109 Compliance Response Team (CRT), composed of Sheriff’s deputies and probation officers, conducted an investigation into the whereabouts of 35-year old Erik Duran, a post-sentencing supervision offender.

Duran, a convicted felon from Santa Maria, had a no bail warrant out for his arrest for not following the terms of his probation, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

CRT found Duran inside the rear cargo area of a vehicle parked near the storage facility. The Sheriff’s Office says Duran ran away from investigators starting a brief foot pursuit that eventually ended with Duran’s arrest.

The Sheriff’s Office explains that CRT members found 7.5 pounds of meth, a half pound of heroin, more than $3,000 in cash, a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, 17 rounds of handgun ammunition, brass knuckles, and a taser disguised as a flashlight.

Investigators arrested Duran for possession of meth for sale, heroin for sale, possession of a loaded firearm with narcotics, ammunition, brass knuckles, resisting arrest, and violating probation.

Duran was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail.


Duran was booked on the following listed charges per the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office:

Possession of methamphetamine for sales – Health & Safety Code §11378 Possession of heroin for sales – Health & Safety Code §11351 Possession of a loaded/concealed firearm with narcotics for sale – Health & Safety Code §11370.1 Felon possess firearm – Penal Code §29800(a)(1) Felon possess ammunition – Penal Code §30305(a)(1) Felon possess stun gun – Penal Code §22610(a) Possess brass knuckles – Penal Code §21810 Resisting arrest – Penal Code §148(a)(1) Probation violation – Penal Code §1170(h)(5)(B)

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