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San Luis Obispo man arrested for allegedly growing marijuana for sale

Weapons seized during a search of a San Luis Obispo home on Tuesday.
Weapons seized during a search of a San Luis Obispo home on Tuesday. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Department

A San Luis Obispo man was arrested Tuesday after detectives from the Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Unit served a search warrant on an illegal indoor marijuana growing operation, officials said Wednesday.

Michael Heider Samuels, 22, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana, possession of stolen property and possession of dangerous weapons, all felonies, said sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn.

During the search in the residence in the 100 block of Foothill Boulevard, detectives found packing materials and scales.

They also found a cache of firearms, ammunition, gas masks, military flak vests, uniforms and other military surplus equipment, including a sawed-off shotgun and an AR-15 style assault weapon, he said.

Detectives also recovered two handguns and a shotgun that were stolen from a residence in Paso Robles, Bryn said. Officials are continuing to investigate the origins of the other firearms taken from the residence.

Samuels did not possess a physician’s recommendation to grow or possess marijuana, Bryn said.

Bail was set at $25,000; Samuels posted bail on Tuesday.

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