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4 California men face weapon and drug charges

On May 21, police from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department apprehended four men in New Cuyama who were attending an event held at the Cuyama Buckhorn Restaurant. According to authorities, the men, who all reside in Bakersfield, face various charges involving drugs and weapons.

The police report stated that about 1,500 people were expected to attend the event, some of whom were supposedly involved with outlaw biker gangs. For this reason, law enforcement officials, including detectives and deputies, were present to oversee the event. At the event, police issued citations to a 24-year-old man and a 44-year-old man for allegedly carrying two loaded firearms that were concealed in their vehicle. Officials then released the men.

Another defendant was a 40-year-old man who police say was named in an active warrant within San Luis Obispo County. Police booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail, according to the report. Police also took a 32-year-old man into custody for allegedly having anabolic steroids in his possession, which he allegedly intended to sell. Police claimed that he was operating a motorcycle with a suspended license. He was then booked into the Santa Barbara County jail. At the time of reporting, he remained in jail on a $30,000 bond, and the Sheriff's Department impounded his motorcycle for a 30-day period.

Individuals who are accused of possessing illegal firearms or committing drug offenses, such as possessing drugs with the intent to sell them, could face severe penalties that may include steep fines, probation and a lengthy jail sentence. However, a criminal defense attorney could work to lower such charges if evidence shows that the defendant's rights were infringed upon by the responding police officer.

Source: Noozhawk, "4 Men Arrested on Drugs, Weapons Charges During New Cuyama Event," James Fike, May 24, 2016

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