Two suspected methamphetamine dealers are in the Santa Barbara County Jail today following a drug investigation prompted by their errant text messages, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
At approximately 7 a.m. Tuesday, Santa Barbara Sheriff's narcotics detectives received information that a member of the Santa Maria Police Department narcotics suppression team had received several errant text messages from someone attempting to sell narcotics.
The SMPD detective went along with the texts and set up a meeting with the unknown drug dealer to purchase approximately two grams of methamphetamine.
Once a location and price had been agreed upon, the SMPD detective notified members of the Sheriff's Narcotics Unit who arrived at the location and contacted Reymundo Carlos Escobedo, 39, who was awaiting the arrival of, what he believed, was a customer wanting to purchase narcotics. Detectives located approximately two grams of methamphetamine in Escobedo's possession, according to a department release.
While detectives continued their investigation, Escobedo's suspected methamphetamine supplier, John Martin Silvera, 37, arrived at the meeting location accompanied by a passenger, Antonio Madrigal. Silvera was found to be in possession of approximately seven grams of methamphetamine and text messages on his cell phone that corroborated the narcotics transaction.
Detectives arrested Escobedo and Silvera, both of Santa Maria, and booked them into the Santa Barbara County Jail on $30,000 bail for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, and criminal conspiracy. Madrigal was issued a citation for being under the influence of a controlled substance and released.