Trio of North County residents arrested on drug charges

mfountain@thetribunenews.comApril 7, 2014 

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the amount of methamphetamine seized by police; it was more than an ounce.

Over the last week, police intervention in Paso Robles has resulted in the seizure of more than an ounce of methamphetamine, as well as various amounts of heroin, marijuana and prescription pills.

On Saturday, officers pulled over Abel Ribera Torres, 54, of Atascadero as he was driving south on Highway 101 near Main Street in Templeton for an unspecified traffic infraction, according to a news release from the Paso Robles Police Department. He was allegedly found to be driving on a suspended license. During a search of his vehicle, officers allegedly found more than 29 grams of methamphetamine.

Torres was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of possession and transportation of a controlled substance. As of Monday afternoon, Torres was no longer in custody, according to jail logs.

On Friday afternoon, detectives with the city’s special enforcement team served a search warrant on the 600 block of Tucker Avenue and allegedly found three grams of methamphetamine, more than an ounce of marijuana and an unspecified amount of various prescription pills, according to the news release. Amanda Snyder, 49, of Paso Robles was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She was being held on $20,000 bail as of Monday afternoon.

And on the evening of March 28, officers conducting a probation check on the 2400 block of Branch Street allegedly discovered four grams of methamphetamine, one gram of heroin and other items they said were consistent with narcotics sales in the possession of Aaron Nicholas Morris, 21, of Paso Robles. Morris was booked into County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sales, as well as a probation violation.

He remained in custody Monday afternoon in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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