SLO traffic stop nets heroin seizure

mfountain@thetribunenews.comApril 14, 2014 

A San Luis Obispo traffic stop Wednesday ended in the arrest of two men and the seizure of about $5,000 worth of heroin.

At about 11 p.m., a sheriff’s deputy was driving west on Madonna Road when he pulled over a Dodge Dakota pickup truck with Jason Michael Gauthier, 32, of San Luis Obispo and Jacob Charles Michael Collins, 29, of Rio Vista, inside. A Sheriff’s Office news release said that when Collins, the driver, got out, the deputy saw a knife on the driver’s seat.

The deputy searched Collins and allegedly found a digital scale and a golf ball-sized packet of heroin hidden in his groin area. Collins allegedly admitted that the package contained a drug that was later determined to be about 40 grams of heroin. A small amount of heroin allegedly was found in Gauthier’s wallet.

Both men were booked into County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, with Collins additionally charged with transporting a controlled substance. As of Friday afternoon, Collins remained in custody on $30,000 bail and Gauthier on $20,000 bail.

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