SANTA MARIA, Calif. - A felon living in Santa Maria is behind bars after police conducted a probation search and discovered guns and illegal drugs for sale at the suspect's home.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said Flavio Delabra is a previously deported felon who was on Post-Sentence Supervision and was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant.
Two unregistered and non-serialized guns, high-capacity magazines, 1.5 ounces of heroin, 1/2 lbs. of methamphetamine, 2 lbs. of Marijuana, and $17,500 cash were found at Delabra's Santa Maria home when Santa Barbara County Compliance Response Team personnel, along with investigators from the Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Bureau, conducted the probation search on Oct. 11, 2017.
"We just moved back from Lake Havasu City, Arizona.. and everything has changed here," Nate Masalta of Santa Maria said.
Nate Masalta witnessed the big drug and gun bust this past Wednesday at the Monterey Villas in Santa Maria.
"I drove out of here and just saw three blocks of bud on the back of the police car," Masalta said. "You can tell it was a drug bust big time.. I haven't seen that before.. on TV yea but live like that no."
We asked Masalta about Delabra being a convicted felon who was previously deported.
"You know everybody, if they go over there, they're going to make their way back.. because it's hard over there and of course this is like paradise right here for them.. jobs and everything so they're going to come back," Masalta said.
On January 1st of this year, the California Truth Act went in to effect. Investigators say this new state law puts procedures in place between local law enforcement and ICE immigration enforcement.
For example, a local law enforcement agency, must provide an undocumented suspect, who's in custody, notification that ICE would like to sit down and have a voluntary interview with them.
Also, if local law enforcement lets ICE officers know when they're going to release someone who's here illegally, they now must also let the suspect and their attorney know as well.
"Oh if there is going to be crime, we don't want them to come back, we don't any more drugs or stuff like that.. look at all the people, friends I know.. it (drugs) just ruins their lives," Masalta said.
Delabra was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail for being a felon in possession of firearms, possession of guns with serial numbers removed, possession of high-capacity magazines and possession of narcotics for sale. He was also booked on his outstanding warrant, the Sheriff's Office said.
Delabra remains in jail. It's unknown yet if he will face these charges here in the United States or be deported again.