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UPDATE: Sheriff's Department identifies man arrested in connection with small steroid lab discovered in Paso Robles

One man has been arrested in connection with a small steroid lab that was discovered by sheriff’s narcotics detectives to be operating at his Paso Robles home.

Michael Paul Druding, 31, was arrested on suspicion of possession, manufacturing and sale of a controlled substance, all felonies. He is being held in county jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Druding was arrested at his residence in the 300 block of Panorama Drive after detectives, working with U.S. Customs officials, intercepted a package of 50 vials of suspected Human Growth Hormone from China, according to sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn.

Sheriff’s detectives delivered the product to Druding’s home and subsequently found a small steroid processing lab along with several pounds of a powdered product that was being manufactured on site.

The lab was cleaned up on Friday, Bryn said.

-- Cynthia Lambert

Original story:

Narcotics detectives with the county Sheriff’s Department on Friday afternoon discovered a small steroid lab operating in Paso Robles, spokesman Rob Bryn said.

Detectives were conducting an undercover operating in which some product was delivered to a residence in the 300 block of Panorama Drive, Bryn said. He did not identify the product.

The lab will require clean up, Bryn said. No evacuation of surrounding homes is required, he said.

One person has been arrested but has not yet been booked; the person’s identity was not available.

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