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Authorities Say Drug Dealer Hid Methamphetamine In Yard Of Elderly Montecito Couple

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 4:13pm

Santa Barbara County County Sheriff’s detectives say a drug dealer they arrested this week who moonlighted as a landscaper stashed some of the methamphetamine he was selling in the yard of an elderly Montecito couple where he worked.

Alejandro Lopez had been under investigation for about a year and a half, and at one point fled to Mexico, but detectives learned he had recently returned to Santa Barbara County.   The 30 year old man was arrested at a Summerland park this week.  Investigators say the seized more than two pounds of methamphetamine, worth more than $24,000.

They say the homeowners where some of the drugs had been stashed were unaware of the criminal activity.

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