Woolum Alleged Contraband

Deputies arrested Santa Maria resident Erica Woolum, 37, on several alleged offenses including transporting/selling methamphetamine and prowling. She was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on $30,000 bail.

A Santa Maria woman found in possession of a controlled substance and several license plates was arrested Tuesday in Orcutt, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced Thursday.

At approximately 10:20 p.m. May 7, a sheriff's deputy assigned to the Santa Maria station observed a woman who appeared to be going through donated items behind the Goodwill store in the 3400 block of Orcutt Road.

The woman, identified as 37-year-old Erica Woolum, of Santa Maria, was subsequently arrested on suspicion of transporting/selling methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, vehicle registration fraud, petty theft, misappropriation of lost property and prowling.

According to sheriff's spokeswoman Kelly Hoover, the deputy made contact with Woolum, who was found to be in possession of more than 5 grams of packaged methamphetamine and several license plates. Her vehicle also was determined to be unregistered.

Woolum was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on $30,000 bail.

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Reach reporter Mathew Burciaga at 805-739-2205 or mburciaga@leecentralcoastnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @mathewburciaga


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Mathew Burciaga is a Santa Maria Times reporter who covers education, agriculture and public safety. Prior to joining the Times, Mathew ran a 114-year-old community newspaper in Wyoming. He owns more than 40 pairs of crazy socks from across the globe.