Two Santa Barbara County drug busts last week netted a variety of weapons and illicit drugs, as well as four arrests.
Narcotics investigators confiscated what they suspected to be one gram of tar heroin and one half ounce of cocaine from the Ribera Drive residence of Michael Berteloot and his wife Rosa, a civilian employee of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. Upon a search of the house, officers also uncovered assorted drug paraphernalia, a 9mm sub-machine pistol with an improvised silencer and a suspected homemade bomb.
The raid took place at approximately 7:50 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25. After discovering that the Berteloots were under the influence of a controlled substance, investigators took the pair into custody. Although the raid occurred near a local elementary school, investigators have not found any evidence indicating the couple was dealing to students in the area.
Also on Thursday, sheriff’s investigators from the Narcotics Bureau of the Special Operations Division found 66 marijuana plants valued at $150,000 being cultivated indoors underneath a residence in the 500 block of Vista Vallejo. In addition , officers seized 13 pounds of high-quality marijuana-an estimated street value of $60,000.
Investigators also discovered and seized $8,000 in cash as well as scales and an inventory of amounts owed for marijuana. David Kellington, 29, and David Roshco, 37, both from Santa Barbara, were taken into custody.