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Man arrested with loaded gun and in possession of meth

CARPINTERIA, Calif. - A future crime may have been prevented thanks to the arrest of a man.

Fernando Perez is accused of possessing meth, weapons and masks.

A Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputy made the arrest Monday morning in Carpinteria after seeing Perez sitting inside his car on the 1100 block of Casitas Pass Road.

Officials said Perez was under the influence of a central nervous system stimulant. The deputy also found a loaded revolver in his waistband.

A further search of Perez's car included items such as methamphetamine, methamphetamine pipes, a Derringer pistol and a loaded SKS assault rifle with a high capacity magazine, masks and two-way radios.

Sheriff officials said this evidence suggests Perez may have been planning additional crimes.

Perez posted his $95,000 bail last night and was released Thursday morning.

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