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Luis Uriarte Caught With 2.8 Pounds of Cocaine


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Luis Felipe Uriarte
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Luis Felipe Uriarte

Santa Barbara resident Luis Uriarte, 23, was arrested last week after a six-month narcotics investigation by city police. He was charged with cocaine for sale, transportation of cocaine, and possession of methamphetamine for sale. According to police spokesperson Sgt. Riley Harwood, Uriarte was pulled over during a traffic stop in the 900 Chapala Street at 8:30 a.m. on December 12. In his car, officers found 10 ounces of cocaine. At Uriarte’s house, authorities recovered more cocaine, meth, and cash. In total, officers seized 2.8 pounds of cocaine, 1 ounce of meth, and over $25,000.00. The value of the drugs was estimated at $40,000, Harwood said. Uriarte was booked in County Jail with bail set at $100,000.

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zuma7 (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 3:33 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does having $40k in merchandise and $25k in cash make you a major drug dealer? If he were a legal retail operation, that would be on par with a small corner store. He's at the lowest end of a criminal enterprise.

hugh (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 3:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

SB Crime: Drugs, alcohol, gangs, vagrants, and domestic violence.

Avoid them all.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 4:41 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I know, freaking fat white people.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 7:08 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Avoid the Noid.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 7:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

He might have an Hispanic name but that dude is white.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 7:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I concur.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 7:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

He looks like a roly-poly European-American to me.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 7:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Whatever he may be he certainly doesn't look like a "user," likely a rare stone cold major dealer. Was there a traffic violation that prompted this stop or information from an informant that Uriarte would be driving with the quantity of drugs seized?

Hugh - Legitimate retail businesses, for the most part, don't engage in the sale of illegal drugs.

whatsinsb (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 10:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

All the drug dealers should get all in a huff like some of the wineries in SY do.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 10:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Considering the huff people got into over the drunken murder of a young lady just a few days ago, people do know the use of both drugs and alcohol are stupid choices by stupid people.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 16, 2013 at 10:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Jeez I've never seen a white Latino. If I was his supplier I'd get him a place on Oceano to sell to the the CC kids.

MesaDan805 (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 8:35 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Spanish conquerers of Latin America were of European extraction. The Spanish throne covered a good deal of Europe at the time of the Conquistadors, as well as subsequence waves of European settlers into this area including the Swiss and Russians.

Please broaden your perspectives and knowledge of the history of Latin America please. Being the location of major sea trading for centuries brought in immigrants throughout Latin America from around the world. Travel more into these countries. These are your closest neighbors and they share a rich heritage of global art, culture and immigration.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 9:04 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The main crime this lard boy should be charged with is excessive and unlicensed spoon usage or spoon use without a permit.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 9:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

With that said, you know at least (based on his rotund features) he was strictly dealing, not dipping into his stash. Good drug dealer!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 9:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I like the part about how he "was arrested last week after a six-month narcotics investigation by city police" but in actuality, he "was pulled over during a traffic stop in the 900 Chapala Street"...

ukulelejesus (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 11:11 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Dear Police:

Please stop kidnapping innocent people and putting them in cages. It is wrong and you may be held accountable for your actions one day by being placed into a cage yourself if we ever have any true justice. Don't worry, the judges and the prosecutors may be sitting next to you.

Dear anybody who supports police arresting drug dealers:

Please stop supporting kidnapping of innocent people and putting them in cages. You are a horrible human being for encouraging this disgusting behavior and deserve to be put in a cage yourself.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 11:58 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What a loonpt! Do the police write the laws? The job of the police is not to pick and choose which laws to enforce and which ones not to. A lesson in our justice system is in order for you here.

If you want drug dealers to be allowed to ply their trade without legal encumberance, then change the law. Don't disparage the police for doing their job. The job of the police is only to enforce the law, not to make, change it, or selectively enforce it based on what laws they like and what laws they don't like. Please try to remember that.

Botany (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 12:02 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Do the crime, and then do the time. Works. Get these punks off the street unit their hormone slow down.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 12:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Aw jeez, loony's campaign to stop the "war on drugs" again. Dude, if this was was slingin' pot then I'd say "you know what, this is WRONG!" But his guy's slingin stuff that's WHACK! This guy's probably the candyman for the local gangs to supply thenm with party favors.
Get real man, like Botany says, the cops don't make the laws, legislators do, cops just enforce them. Kidnapping... Pfft!
If he's not busy posting a link to a picture of a victim of a crime making said victim out to be at fault, then expect a wikipedia or youtube link in 3...2...1...

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 12:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Botany - if you saw a craigslist ad that said they would pay you $50/hour to kidnap innocent people and take them back to somebody's house and they would be locked in a cage indefinitely, would you answer the ad and apply for the job? What's the difference between that and accepting a job as a police officer? Half of the people they kidnap and send to a cage are non-violent drug offenders.

Would you support police officers in the days of slavery kidnapping black people and taking them back to their owners? What's the difference between that and this situation?

All three of you are making the most disgusting horrible excuses in the world - innocent people are being kidnapped and throw in a cage - PERIOD. That is disgusting and you are making excuses for it. What the heck is wrong with you, seriously.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 3:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Loony, you're making a disgusting mockery of logic with you're comments... AGAIN. Useless link to wikipedia or youtube coming up in 3...2...1..

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 5:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Again Loon, you're completely missing the point. How can a police department or officer function if they only enforce the law according to each person's moral compass? Every officer will enforce the law differently based on their individual beliefs. You insist on kicking the dog when you're having a fight with your wife. The issue needs to be dealt with at the legislative level. There is no solution at the law enforcement level.

Botany (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 5:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

loonpit, this is your brain on drugs.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 7:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The point Loon is making is that the War On Drugs is causing nonviolent people to be put in jail.

I would remind everyone that once upon a time drugs were legal in this country and that we've been conditioned to believe that de-criminalizing them is a radical concept when in fact it would merely be returning to past times when drug addiction was not part of the mainstream conciousness.

As much as I hate alcohol, I have no trouble pointing out how its prohibition from 1919 to 1933 was a drastic failure that shot crime rates up, so how is the prohibition of drugs any different?

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 8:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No, the point Loon is making (which is totally incorrect) is that the police are responsible for the war on drugs as well as other "so-called" victimless crimes.

Did the police create prohibition and were the police responsible for it's end? Of course not. These laws were legislated. The police were designated the task of enforcing the law.

Basically, what Loon wants to do is to kill the messenger and not those that wrote the message.

Ever see the movie "The Untouchables"? At the end, Eliot Ness is asked what he will do now that prohibition has been repealed. He said "I think I'll go have a drink".

Botany (anonymous profile)
December 17, 2013 at 8:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Botany seems to get it.

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 2:37 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"How can a police department or officer function if they only enforce the law according to each person's moral compass? Every officer will enforce the law differently based on their individual beliefs." -Botany

Excellent question Botany, but it actually has a very simple answer....and here you go blahblah a wikipedia link just for you!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-aggr...

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 3:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

So Botany if one legitimately owns a bag of cannabis and they are arrested for possession, there are two crimes being committed:

1) Theft of said cannabis by the police
2) Kidnapping and imprisonment of the owner of said cannabis

The crime of possessing cannabis is a complete fabrication by the state that goes against individual will and self determination. It is an attack on humanity itself.

The owner would then legitimately be able to defend their life and their property through self defense, even if it is against an officer of the law.

Does that mean they SHOULD defend their life and property through self defense against the law enforcement officer? Probably not, at least I would not do it. Even if they were successful, which is pretty unlikely as they would most likely be murdered on the spot, they would then be hunted down and murdered or kidnapped and imprisoned for the rest of their life by the state.

So you see, I'm not ACTUALLY advocating violence against police officers as you seem to imagine I am - I am simply saying that kidnapping and stealing is wrong and self defense is ok. That's it. Nothing more. These are very basic premises that we teach children when they are less than 5 years old - yet we as adults seem to forget these rules at some point and submit to state tyranny.

I choose not to work for the state because they are inherently violent and take away people's rights. It is a moral decision. The day that more people begin to come to the same realization and draw the same conclusion will be a great day. If I were a law enforcement officer learning this information today, I might look into perhaps working in private security. Those who work as private security guards rarely do anything besides protect property and individuals from harm and if they are assigned to do something they believe is immoral then they can quit and do some other type of work in the private security industry.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 4:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I give up. I just can't through to you the difference between legislating the laws and enforcing the laws. So you go ahead and keep blaming the police for every law you disagree with.

As far as the "non aggression" philosophy goes. It will be good to know that your neighbor's ammonium nitrate and kiddie porn collections are safe.

Botany (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 5:40 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Loonpit. This is your brain on pot. We hear it.

foofighter (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. (Suggest removal)

If it takes a brain on pot to realize that theft and kidnapping is wrong then maybe you need to smoke some, foofighter.

Botany, I know the difference between legislating and enforcing laws. Hitler spent over a decade as a democratically elected leader passing anti-civil liberties legislation that started with things like the Enabling Act which is eerily similar to the Patriot Act and eventually led to concentration camps. According to you I suppose only the people who passed the legislation were responsible for the subsequent atrocities and none of the enforcers. That attitude is how those atrocities happen. People can stop them by saying "no". Police officers can stop arresting people for non-violent offences. That's how positive action comes about because clearly voting doesn't work because all of our politicians are bought and paid for and people are too asleep to see it.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 7:09 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Loonpt, if you are going to use a Hitler reference, get your basic facts together. Hitler lost the 1932 German presidential election. He was appointed Chancellor in January 1933 after his party failed after two parliamentary elections to form a majority party. He was certainly not democratically elected. By March 1933, two months later, after the Reichstag fire, he was granted the power to make all the laws. Here is a comment section tip, never play the Nazi/ Hitler card, it usually makes you look foolish.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 8:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Loonpt has violated Godwin's Law.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 10:34 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No Loonpt has confirmed Godwin's Law.

Herschel_Greenspan (anonymous profile)
December 18, 2013 at 10:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No Loonpt has initiated Godwin's Law.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2013 at 12:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

...and I have just redefined Godwin's Law. (After you probably will have to suffer through a 15 second ad)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8AzRD...

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2013 at 4:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)

We all know Hitler was an evil man but after watching that video you have to admit he had some amazing dance moves.

dolphinpod14 (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2013 at 4:51 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Hitler was a vegetarian too! AWESOME!

blahblahmoreblah (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2013 at 11:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Godwin is a fascist and my point still stands - the state has no legitimate power over individuals except to protect their rights. The state has no legitimate power to oversee my "morality", the only legitimate power they have is to ensure that I don't violate somebody else's rights.

The police violate people's rights everyday, therefore the state is not a legitimate organization. Stealing and kidnapping people is wrong. It's very simple, basic logic that most 4 year olds are able to understand.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2013 at 2:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Godwin is a fascist? This biography of him suggests otherwise: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Godwin

billclausen (anonymous profile)
December 19, 2013 at 6:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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