Sheriff's Detectives Locate and Arrest Several Wanted Suspects
Santa Barbara - July 1st, 2016
On June 30, 2016, Sheriff’s detectives assigned to the Special Investigations Bureau, the Compliance Response Team and State Parole conducted an investigation into the whereabouts of 35-year-old Joanna Savoy of Santa Maria. Savoy was wanted for violating the terms of her Community Supervision which she was placed on following her conviction for possession of a controlled substance for sale.
During the investigation into her whereabouts, a vehicle was stopped for a minor traffic violation at Highway 101 and Union Valley Parkway in Santa Maria. Multiple subjects were contacted including 35-year-old Bernell Quillens of Marin, California. It was determined that Quillens was wanted by Georgia authorities for possession of dangerous drugs and Texas authorities for “trafficking of a child for sexual purposes.” Quillens was arrested and booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for his outstanding warrants. It was determined this traffic stop was not related to the primary investigation.
As the investigation continued into Savoy’s whereabouts, information was developed that she may be staying at a hotel in Pismo Beach. Detectives determined Savoy was inside the hotel with three other individuals. They included 30-year-old Vanessa Vasquez of Santa Maria, 30-year-old Clarissa Bautista of Santa Maria and a male subject. They were all located and detained without incident. Savoy and Vasquez were found to be in possession of more than one ounce of methamphetamine and about $2,300 in cash. Evidence was also obtained indicating the suspects were selling the narcotics.
Vasquez was currently out on bail from San Luis Obispo County for an unrelated felony and on California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation parole. Bautista was found to be in possession of a usable amount of methamphetamine and a hypodermic needle. Bautista was issued a citation and released. The unidentified male was found not to be in violation of any laws and released. Savoy and Vasquez were booked into custody at the San Luis Obispo Jail. Savoy was booked in for a “no bail” Community Supervision Warrant and possession for sales of a controlled substance. Vasquez was also booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail for possession for sales of a controlled substance, a parole hold and for committing a felony while on bail.
The Compliance Response Team (CRT) is funded by realignment money distributed through the Community Corrections Partnership, a committee of various county law enforcement and judicial representatives.
CRT consists of Sheriff Deputies, Probation Officers and a Lompoc Police Officer.
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