Cannabis Compliance Team Arrests Suspect for Illegal Drugs

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

On Thursday, June 16, 2022, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office Compliance Team concluded an investigation into a subject illegally selling marijuana in and around Orcutt.

Detectives served a search warrant at the suspect’s home in the town of Santa Maria where the suspect, identified as 20-year-old Nathan Mediano, was arrested without incident. Nathan’s brother Salvador Mediano, 33, was linked to the crimes and was also arrested without incident.

During a search of the Mediano’s residence, detectives found over two ounces of cocaine, over 2,000 M30 pills (often containing fentanyl), over $5,000 in cash and a detained short-barreled assault weapon. illegally with high capacity magazines and ammunition. Both Nathan and Salvador Mediano were incarcerated in the North Branch Jail on $100,000 bail.

The Santa Barbara County Cannabis Compliance Team was founded in June 2018 and includes personnel from many disciplines within a variety of county departments. The team primarily focuses on unlicensed and illegal cannabis operations in the county and public safety. Following the approval of Proposition 64, recreational marijuana is legal. However, the law requires that any person or business selling or supplying marijuana be licensed by the State of California to sell approved and tested cannabis products with regulated and identified THC content.

Additionally, Santa Barbara County requires cannabis businesses to have local land use permits and local business licenses if operations are in the unincorporated parts of the county. More information about the state licensing and testing process can be found on the CalCannabis or Bureau of Cannabis Control websites. For information on local permits and licenses, please visit cannabis.countyofsb.org.

Updated by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office

Nathan Mediano was convicted of the following charges: Selling a Controlled Substance, Violating Health and Safety Code Section 11352, Selling Marijuana, Violating H&S 11359, Possession of a Controlled Substance in selling, a violation of Health and Safety Code Section 11351 and transporting marijuana, a violation of Health and Safety Code Section 11360.

Salvador Mediano was convicted of the following charges: Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, Violation of Health and Safety Code Section 11351, Possession of a Controlled Substance While Armed, Violation of Section 11370.1(a) of the Health and Safety Code, criminal in possession of a firearm, a violation of section 29800(a)(1) of the Penal Code, possession of ammunition by a criminal , a violation of Penal Code Section 30305(a), possession of an unlawful assault weapon, a violation of Penal Code Section 30605 and possession of a short-barreled shotgun, a violation of article 33210 of the Penal Code.

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