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Nipomo man wanted in drug-trafficking investigation turns himself in

Victor "Speedy" Gonzales, 36, of Nipomo
Victor "Speedy" Gonzales, 36, of Nipomo Courtesy of the FBI

A Nipomo man wanted by federal authorities in connection to an alleged south San Luis Obispo County drug-trafficking operation turned himself in shortly after midnight this morning.

Victor “Speedy” Gonzales, 36, turned himself in to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office at about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller.

As of Wednesday afternoon, he was being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles awaiting an arraignment in federal court.

Gonzales was wanted following a federal grand jury indictment last week, which included 12 other San Luis Obispo County residents suspected of participating in a drug-trafficking ring that authorities said involved high-quality cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin.

On April 7, the FBI, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP served several search warrants in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, seizing about 65 rifles, handguns and shotguns, as well as about $165,000 in cash.

It was not clear on Wednesday afternoon whether Gonzales had yet retained an attorney.

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