The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in finding a wanted subject who fled his Orcutt home following a drug bust that recovered about a pound of crystal meth and firearms on Friday morning.
At about 9:15 a.m. Sept. 1, sheriff's deputies were patrolling the 1400 block of Oak Knoll Road in Orcutt, conducting rounds due to recent criminal activity in the area, according to officials. While in the area, deputies found a parked vehicle associated with a known felon by the name of Daniel Vasquez, 29, of Santa Maria, who was wanted for violating the terms of his parole. Vasquez is currently out of custody on bail for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for possession for sales of a controlled substance.
Shortly after locating the parked car, deputies saw a subject entering the vehicle. The subject, identified as 29-year-old Cary Kelly, was determined to be associated with a nearby residence on Oak Knoll Road.
Deputies searched the vehicle and found about a pound of crystal meth. Shortly after, Kelly was arrested for possession for sale of a controlled substance and possession of narcotic paraphernalia.
When deputies responded to that same residence, they saw 28-year-old Courtnie Hayson of Santa Maria attempting to flee the scene through the back of the home. She was subsequently detained and arrested for providing information and on a $25,000 probation warrant, officials said.
Because Vasquez was believed to still be inside the home, as a precautionary measure officials blocked Oak Knoll Road, and an emergency notification was sent to residents in the area, advising them to shelter in place. The advisory was lifted shortly after officials realized that Vasquez had already fled the scene.
Pursuant to a search warrant, the residence was searched, and two firearms and high capacity magazines were located and seized. One of the firearms is believed to be a California illegal assault weapon, according to officials. The investigation is ongoing.
County sheriff's officials say that Vasquez is wanted for questioning and for violating the terms of his parole. Anyone who sees Vasquez is urged to not approach him, but to contact the department at 683-2724 or a local law enforcement agency.