May 11, 2013 3:42 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Four arrested in connection with narcotics activity near local elementary school

Officials with the Santa Barbara Police Department arrested four Santa Barbara residents in connection with narcotics activity near a Santa Barbara elementary school.

According to reports, officials arrested 20-year-old Gabriel Eduardo Alvarez (pictured above), 20-year-old Manuel Carlos Cabrera, 43-year-old Lisa Ybarra, and a 17-year-old girl for felony drug charges following a three-week investigation.

Detectives with the Santa Barbara Police Department's Narcotics Unit received reports of suspected drug sales in the 1100 block of East Mason Street in Santa Barbara. That address is just across the street from Franklin Elementary School.

Officials conducted a three-week investigation and served a search warrant at the suspected home on Wednesday. Officials say Alvarez and his 17-year-old girlfriend were living in the home at the time.

According to officials, detectives saw Alvarez leave the home. They stopped him shortly after and found him in possession of hashish oil. He was arrested at the scene and taken back to his home, where detectives began to search the house.

His girlfriend attempted to run away, but officials were able to get her into custody quickly.

The other suspects were found inside the home.

Officials had originally arrested an additional suspect, but he was released.

According to reports, Cabrera attempted to get rid of methamphetamine. He was also found in possession of hashish oil.

Ybarra also attempted to get rid of methamphetamine.

Detectives searched the room, shared by Alvarez and his girlfriend, and found 5.5 ounces of methamphetamine, 4.5 ounces of heroin, some cocaine, and other drug paraphernalia.

Alvarez eventually admitted to selling methamphetamine and heroine.

Alvarez, Cabrera, and Ybarra were booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail. Alvarez and Cabrera's bails are set at $30,000. Ybarra's bail is set at $10,000.

The 17-year-old girl was admitted into the Santa Barbara County Juvenile Hall.

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