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The Santa Maria officer notified Santa Barbara County sheriff’s detectives about the errant text messages early Tuesday. The officer and detectives then set up a meeting with the alleged drug dealer.
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Sheriff’s spokesman Drew Sugars says they arrested 39-year-old Reymundo Carlos Escobedo and seized about 2 grams of methamphetamine.
A news release says 37-year-old John Martin Silvera, who is Escobedo’s suspected methamphetamine supplier, also arrived and was arrested with about 7 grams of methamphetamine.
Escobedo and Silvera remain held on drug charges, including criminal conspiracy. Bail is set at $30,000 each.