Santa Barbara- S County

Arrests made in Isla Vista overdose cases

Two men face drug charges

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - Two men are facing drug charges in connection with the Isla Vista overdose cases on March 1, 2018.

During a proceeding investigation, the Sheriff's Special Investigations Bureau found evidence that linked 24-year-old Edward Caceres of Isla Vista overdoses, according to the Sheriff's Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover.

On March 6th detectives arrested Caceres in the 6500 block of Trigo Road.  The detectives were conducting a probation search when they found Caceres hiding in the residence.  They also detained his roommate 23-year-old Omar Coulibaly of Isla Vista.

Inside the home, detectives said they found 185 Xanax pills and more than a pound of processed marijuana.

Caceres was arrested for possession of Xanax for sale and for violation of possessing a controlled substance.  He is being held on $250,000 bail.

Coulibaly was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale.  He was booked and released from the Santa Barbara County Jail.



NewsChannel 3 has learned that of the nine people taken to the hospital Thursday night, seven of them suffered overdoses. The incident happened along the 6500 block of Del Playa Drive at a residence where a number of senior members of the Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT) Fraternity live.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's officials confirm there were roughly 20 people at the residence at the time and that all of the patients needing medical attention were male. The majority of them are UCSB students.

Their ages and exactly what type of drug they overdosed on were not released, however, Kelly Hoover, spokeswoman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, confirmed that each patient had "ingested a blue pill." 

Officials said the call came in at about 10:30 Thursday night when the caller reported one person at the home may have overdosed.

When deputies arrived they found an unconscious male lying in the backseat of a vehicle. His housemates claimed he'd ingested an unknown amount of alcohol and Oxycontin, a prescription pain reliever.

Within a span of minutes, deputies and Santa Barbara County Fire and AMR personnel found nine patients suffering from some sort of medical emergency when they arrived on the scene -- three were unconscious. An Isla Vista resident, who wished to remain anonymous, said that of the nine people, seven suffered overdoses.

Narcan, a nasal spray that counteracts the life-threatening effects of a drug overdose was used on one of the victims, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The nine individuals were taken to the hospital, treated and released. 

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