Santa Barbara
67° F
Santa Maria
67° F
San Luis Obispo
67° F
67° F

Citizen Tip Leads to Online Xanax Drug Sale

By Claire Scholl, NewsChannel 3 Assignment Editor,
Published On: Nov 01 2013 07:23:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Nov 01 2013 07:38:12 PM CDT
ISLA VISTA, Calif. -

Santa Barbara County Sheriff released the following information:

During the week of October 28, Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives received a citizen tip regarding a suspicious posting on, an internet website that appeared to be advertising prescription medication for sale. 

As result of this information, the Sheriff’s South County Narcotics Unit opened an investigation.  During the ensuing investigation, detectives established communications with the suspect, who was subsequently identified as 21 year old Isla Vista resident Gabriel Yanowitz.

On October 31, Yanowitz offered to sell Sheriff’s Narcotics Detectives 1,000 Xanax pills.  Our detectives met with Yanowitz in the Isla Vista area.  Upon establishing that Yanowitz was in possession of the Xanax pills and was attempting to sell the pills, he was taken into custody. 

With the assistance of deputies assigned to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol, our investigators determined there was a second suspect who was present in the immediate area and was also involved in the unlawful sales of prescription drugs.

Our detectives determined that 19-year-old Santa Barbara resident Tyler Peltier was supplying Yanowitz with bulk Xanax to sell in the Isla Vista community.

Subsequent to the arrests, a search warrant was served at Yanowitz’ apartment in the 6700 block of Del Playa Drive where 200 Xanax pills and narcotics paraphernalia were located. 

An additional search was also conducted at Peltier’s residence in the 700 block of N. La Cumbre Road in Santa Barbara.  Peltier was found to be in possession of 1,100 more Xanax pills.  In total, approximately 2,300 Xanax pills were seized, with an estimated potential street value in excess of $16,000.

Based upon the investigation and evidence obtained, Yanowitz and Peltier were arrested for violations of 11351 H&S, possession for sale of a controlled substance, 11352 H&S, transportation of a controlled substance, and 182 PC, conspiracy to sell/transport a controlled substance. 

Both were booked into Santa Barbara County Jail with bail set at $30,000.


The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • fatal_accident_investigation

    Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • Witnesses to Fatal Crash

    Eyewitnesses See Triple Fatal Crash from Roadside Camp

    A homeless couple watching the freeway from their campsite in Santa Barbara this morning, witnessed the triple fatal accident that took the lives of two teens and a young man.

  • girl_child_coughing_sick_whooping_cough

    Contagious Diseases Making a Comeback in California

    Deadly diseases that were a thing of the past are making a comeback in California.

  • fuzion_store_business_santa_barbara

    UCSB Group Boycotts Business For Promoting Deltopia

    A UCSB student group is boycotting a local business for creating the Deltopia Facebook page, which they said brought in thousands of outsiders to the small college town.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    DUI Driver in Fatal Early Morning Accident Ordered to Detox Program in 1995

    The Santa Barbara woman arrested for DUI in the early morning accident that left three people dead early Monday morning has a lengthy court record out of Ventura County. Kimberly Kreis, 52, was ordered to serve 30 days in a detox program as far back as 1995.

    The car that Kreis was driving crashed into a disabled Mazda near the Castillo off-ramp of the southbound 101 freeway in Santa Barbara. Two 17 year old North Torrance High School students were killed in the accident- Jessica Leffew and Danielle Murillo. 20 year old Brian Lopez also died in the wreck. The driver of the Mazda, Eric August, is hospitalized in critical condition.

    A NewsChannel 3 investigation found records out of Ventrua County that appear to show that Greis has at least one prior conviction involving drugs and or alcohol, and in 1995 she was ordered to serve 30 days in a Cottage Hospital detox program.

    CHP investigators are still trying to piece together why the Mazda veered right into a guardrail, causing it to flip onto it's roof before coming to rest in the middle of the southbound freeway, which set into motion the deadly accident.

    CHP Officer Jonathan Guiterrez, said "A lot of things could have happened, He could have fallen asleep. We just don't know at this point."

  • Parents of Mallory Dies Sue Congresswoman, Her Former Aide, and U.S. Government

    The parents of a young Santa Barbara woman killed in a high profile, DUI case are suing Congresswoman Lois Capps, her former aide Raymond Morua, and the U-S government in federal court.

  • Larry Lee Cal Poly Coach

    Cal Poly Baseball Earns No. 1 National Ranking

    The Mustangs achieved the school's second No. 1 national ranking in Division I as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has placed Cal Poly atop its Top 30.

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

    People's 'World's Most Beautiful' list 2014

    People magazine recently named Lupita Nyong'o its "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. See which other ladies earned a coveted spot on the annual list.

  • Slideshow: Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.