An Oceano resident was arrested late Tuesday after Arroyo Grande police officers said they found 43.5 grams of methamphetamine in his vehicle.
Richard Allen Howell, 69, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation/sale of a controlled substance and violation of probation, according to a news release from the Arroyo Grande Police Department.
Howell, who is on felony probation for a narcotics-related offense, was booked into County Jail. He no longer appeared to be in jail Thursday, according to the Sheriff Department’s jail website.
About 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Arroyo Grande police Officer Tammie Neufeld was on a routine patrol when she noticed a vehicle with a minor equipment violation on Fair Oaks Avenue.
She stopped the vehicle to advise the driver, Howell, of the violation. Police K9 Officer Shane Day, his partner, Gregor, and Sgt. Shawn Cosgrove, arrived at the location to assist Neufeld, according to the news release.
When Day directed Gregor to search the vehicle, the dog alerted the officers to possible narcotics in the front dash area of the vehicle. Cosgrove found a loose vent under the dashboard, in which was placed a zippered case containing what he believed to be methamphetamine, the news release stated.
Day searched the area and found a metal case and three clear plastic bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine. Cosgrove believed Howell intended to sell the methamphetamine.
According to police, Howell has a lengthy criminal record that includes arrests for vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, grand theft, and assault with a deadly weapon, among others.