Search of Atascadero homes allegedly uncovers honey oil lab, drugs for sale

mfountain@thetribunenews.comJuly 7, 2014 

Narcotics investigators arrested two Atascadero men and seized an array of drugs and nearly $9,000 in cash last week, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

Detectives with the county’s Narcotics Unit searched two Atascadero homes on July 1 and 3 as the result of two separate investigations.

At about 3:15 p.m. on July 1, officers served a warrant on the 8000 block of Santa Rosa Road and allegedly discovered 4.6 grams of heroin, a half gram of methamphetamine, more than six ounces of marijuana and more than $8,800 in cash.

Investigators say the heroin had a street value of about $1,000.

Ross Carl Fitzpatrick, 21, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Two days later, at about 2:20 p.m., investigators searched a home on the 5000 block of Capistrano Avenue, where they allegedly found a honey oil lab. Also found at the home was 10.7 grams of honey oil, 10.6 grams of the designer drug methylone — commonly known as MDMA or "Molly" — nearly two ounces of heroin and more than eight ounces of marijuana. The heroin had a street value of approximately $11,000, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Officers arrested 23-year-old Blake William Owen on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

As of Monday evening, neither man remained in custody.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday that local law enforcement continues to see an increase in the use of heroin in the county and the issue remains a top priority for investigators in the Narcotics Unit.

The Tribune is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service