Following a traffic stop near Isla Vista around 1 a.m. on Dec. 5, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office arrested 36 year-old Goleta resident Kyle Dodge on seven felony firearm and drug charges.
According to a press release from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office (SBSO), deputies seized 22 firearms — 12 of which were loaded — and 90 grams of methamphetamine during the traffic stop, which was conducted near Los Carneros and Hollister Road after deputies witnessed Dodge “peel out” in front of pedestrians near Camino Del Sur in Isla Vista.
Dodge was charged with seven felonies and one misdemeanor: possession of a silencer, possession of an assault weapon, carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of a high capacity magazine, manufacturing a short barrel rifle, transportation of a controlled substance for sales, possession of a controlled substance while armed and exhibition of speed, respectively, according to the press release.
He was subsequently arrested and booked at the Santa Barbara County jail, where he remains in custody on $500,000 bail, according to custody logs.
Dodge worked most recently for Dodge City Shooters, a local gun and munitions store that he ran with his father until this spring, the Santa Barbara Independent reported.
Following Dodge’s arrest, Sheriff’s detectives authorized a search warrant for Dodge’s Goleta residence, according to the press release. Deputies found an additional 70 firearms and 50 containers of munitions at Dodge’s residence later that same day. The investigation is ongoing.