California Man Killed in Drug Raid Shootout

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A Santa Maria, California, man was shot and killed and two officers were wounded in a December 8 drug bust gone bad. Samyr Ceballos, 24, becomes the 48th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Police told KION-TV
that Ceballos was under surveillance as part of a drug investigation, and officers followed him to his home Thursday morning. Ceballos was tazed after he refused a command to get out of his SUV, but police said he got back up and drew his firearm, and the shootout began.

Ceballos was pronounced dead at the scene. Two officers were hit, one in the hand and the other in the leg. They have been treated for their injuries and released. Police are not releasing their names because threats against them have been made by the West Park Street Gang.

"We will not back down. Let me tell you, we will not," said Santa Maria Police Chief Danny Macagni. "It's not a good thing to threaten police, especially from a criminal street gang. We don't negotiate with those people, and we'll handle those threats accordingly."

The drug investigation is ongoing. Police said Ceballos had a lengthy criminal history, including burglary, assault, armed robbery, and multiple drug violations.

Santa Maria, CA
United States
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Drug Prohibition

What kind of investigation was it ? Drug Prohibition creates crime , Indians used to ride horses , Fish swim in the sea ...   Americans must enjoy punishing themselves over drugs . What is it called ?  S&M ?

yes, people with very limited options for making money

are going to deal drugs and worse. If we really want to be America the Beautiful, and reduce both real crime and real drug abuse (legal and otherwise), we'll figure out how to provide useful work for everyone who wants to work. 

exactly, I'm just so

exactly, I'm just so frustrated with stupid people and their stupid ways, they need to stop over regulating everything let businesses grow without sticking their grubby little hands in our pockets every chance they get. FUCKING SCUMBAGS!!!

Police at their absolute

Police at their absolute best. Government caring less and protecting child perversion. I hate these sick freeks and what they did to my child and what this worthless Governor and worthless Attorney General are doing to allow it to continue! Andrew Scheroeder Badge #6969 of the Illinois State Police, August 15, 2007 led a drug raid on my home with a dirty search warrant. During this raid my then 9 year old daughter was permitted to use the bathroom. As a child (in passing) she looked into her bedroom and observed this individual standing over her laundry basket with a pair of her soiled panties up to his face. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan should be arrested immediately! They know and allow their State Police to commit acts of deviant perversion to a child and then look the other way and pretend it doesn’t happen! Not Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, nor Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have the slightest concern over their rouge cops. A close look at all social unrest and you will quickly find that the underlying problem is almost always the police.

You don't like police being

You don't like police being threatened! Fuck You you Bastard. I don't like your kind of badge wearing pistol packing shit bags committing acts of deviant perversion in front of my 9 year old child! You don't want to post the officers names in fear of their safety! Too bad! Andrew Scheroder Badge #6969, Illinois State Police. Deviant sexual pervert!

They don't want to publicize

They don't want to publicize the officers names. BS. Andrew Scheroder, Badge # 6969, Illinois State Police. Northern District. Rockford Illinois SLANT = State Line Area Narcotics Team.

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