A drug-scouting police dog with the Paso Robles Police Department helped lead to the arrest of a 49-year-old Paso Robles man Saturday night.
At approximately 10 p.m., detectives with the department’s new Special Enforcement Team arrested Leonel Zavala Sanchez on three felony charges of possession of narcotics for sales, according to police.
Detectives first initiated a traffic stop on Sanchez along the 2000 block of Riverside Avenue where a police dog helped search his car. That ultimately led officers to discover what appeared to be 5.7 grams of methamphetamine and 1 gram of cocaine under a backseat, according to police. They also found $1,100 in Sanchez’s personal items. A search of Sanchez’s home later found an additional $1,600, “pay-owe” records, digital scales, drug packaging and a .45 caliber pistol, police said.
Sanchez was booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail.