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Santa Barbara man who called in Thanksgiving shooting arrested on drug-related charges

Wyatt Trefz
Wyatt Trefz

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A man who was arrested after calling police to report a Thanksgiving shooting in Santa Barbara was taken into custody again this week.

Santa Barbara police said Friday that Wyatt Trefz, 18, was arrested on Tuesday after detectives served a narcotics-related search warrant at his home in the 900 block of N. Alisos Street.

During the search, police said they found psilocybin, also known as magic mushroom, marijuana, Alprazolam, which is used to treat anxiety, two digital scales, packaging, and several replica guns that turned out to be pellet guns.

Investigators say Trefz also had more than $10,000 in cash, which they believe was proceeds from drug sales.

"(It was) a high-level drug operation in which the individual was also alleged to have many weapons. Those weapons turned out to be fake. They were pellet guns, however, you wouldn't know that if someone showed it to you. We seized the drugs, cash, drug paraphernalia, and scales," said Santa Barbara Police Dept. spokesman Anthony Wagner.

Trefz was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of several drug-related charges, but was out on bail as of Friday.

On Thanksgiving, Trefz had called police to report a shooting at the Alisos Street home, which he says belongs to his mother.

He gave NewsChannel 3 a tour of the damage. At the time, Trefz claimed the shooting had stemmed from a dispute over parking, but police said they were investigating the accuracy of his story.

"We are still investigating the veracity of Mr. Treftz's story in relation to some sort of parking altercation outside his home that led to the shooting. It's premature for the police department to say one way or the other if those two things are connected," said Wagner on Friday.

Officers say Trefz was also arrested during the initial shooting investigation for delaying investigators, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and vandalism.

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