Meth trafficking investigation snares 13 North County residents

The San Luis Obispo County grand jury has indicted 13 North County residents allegedly involved in trafficking large amounts of methamphetamine throughout the county.

On Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, the San Luis Obispo County Narcotics Task Force arrested the following people:

• Angel Carrillo Solis, 34, of Paso Robles

• 13 North County residents arrested in meth trafficking investigation

• Francisco Javier Chavez, 21, of Paso Robles

• Stacie Lea Swindig, 26, of Paso Robles

• Mary Elizabeth Paige, 65, of Paso Robles

• Sergio Rodriguez Cortes, 40, of Paso Robles

• Christopher Lamont Norte, 36, of Paso Robles

• Letizia Nicole Cano, 28, of Paso Robles

• Loynal Lesley Wilson, 40, of Atascadero

• James Raymond Eickhold, 60, of Atascadero

• Jennifer Eickhold, 24, of Atascadero

• William Paul Harrison, 46, of Atascadero

• Amy Christine Harrison, 38, of Atascadero

• Randall Jacob Hurl, 36, of Shandon

The Task Force initiated the investigation in April 2008 with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Officials with the San Luis Obispo County Narcotics Task Force say that the methamphetamine ring operated as far away as Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Sacramento.

In early August, 50 agents executed multiple search warrants at nine locations including Paso Robles, Atascadero and Los Angeles. In addition to the arrests made, agents seized 3.5 pounds of methamphetamine, one stolen handgun, a rifle and an assault rifle, according to a news release issued Monday.

All 13 suspects were charged with conspiracy to commit a crime, possession for sale of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance.