Crime

2 arrested after FBI serves search and arrest warrants in SLO County

Federal search and arrest warrants were served in San Luis Obispo County on Tuesday, resulting in two arrests, according to Laura Eimiller, an FBI spokeswoman.

The warrants were executed in Santa Margarita, Atascadero and Paso Robles, Eimiller said.

The two people arrested were Gary Wallravin, 64, of Santa Margarita, and Marc Wolf, 49, of Atascadero, according to the FBI.

The criminal complaint against Wallravin and Wolf alleges that the two violated federal law when they “knowingly distributed a controlled substance,” namely methamphetamine, from approximately July 17 through Sept. 10.

In the affidavit obtained by The Tribune, the FBI alleged that a confidential source bought methamphetamine from Wolf at his home in the 5300 block of Vega Avenue in Atascadero two times — once in late July, when Wolf sold the source about 23.8 grams of the drug, and once in September.

The FBI also alleged that, during the sale on Sept. 10, Wolf drove to the home in the 1800 block of Vine Street in Paso Robles to get about 82.2 grams of methamphetamine and an “AR-15-style firearm.”

The affidavit also alleges that the confidential source bought methamphetamine from Wallravin at his home in the 22600 block of K Street in Santa Margarita two times. Wallravin allegedly sold the source 8 grams of meth on July 17 and about 55 grams of meth on July 23.

Eimiller said Wallravin and Wolf appeared in federal court in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Wallravin was detained, while Wolf was granted bail, she said.

Eimillersaid she couldn’t elaborate on why the FBI is involved in the case due to the ongoing investigation.

She said the FBI is coordinating with the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP on the investigation.

The warrants were served early on Tuesday morning, beginning at approximately 5 a.m.

The home in the 1800 block of Vine Street was among the addresses where warrants were served.

A neighbor of the Vine Street home, who did not want to be named, told The Tribune that she heard helicopters and flash-bang grenades at about 5 a.m. She also said there had been law enforcement activity at the house previously.

FBI officials arrested Wolf in the area of 11th Street and Santa Ynez Avenue in Los Osos, Eimiller said. Wallravin was arrested at his home in Santa Margarita.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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