Crime

Search of Atascadero homes allegedly uncovers honey oil lab, drugs for sale

Authorities allegedly discovered 4.6 grams of heroin, a half-gram of methamphetamine, more than six ounces of marijuana and more than $8,800 in cash at a home on the 8000 block of Santa Rosa Road in Atascadero.
Authorities allegedly discovered 4.6 grams of heroin, a half-gram of methamphetamine, more than six ounces of marijuana and more than $8,800 in cash at a home on the 8000 block of Santa Rosa Road in Atascadero. SLO County Sheriff's Office

Narcotics investigators arrested two Atascadero men and seized an array of drugs and nearly $9,000 in cash last week, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

Detectives with the county’s Narcotics Unit searched two Atascadero homes on July 1 and 3 as the result of two separate investigations.

At about 3:15 p.m. on July 1, officers served a warrant on the 8000 block of Santa Rosa Road and allegedly discovered 4.6 grams of heroin, a half gram of methamphetamine, more than six ounces of marijuana and more than $8,800 in cash.

Investigators say the heroin had a street value of about $1,000.

Ross Carl Fitzpatrick, 21, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Two days later, at about 2:20 p.m., investigators searched a home on the 5000 block of Capistrano Avenue, where they allegedly found a honey oil lab. Also found at the home was 10.7 grams of honey oil, 10.6 grams of the designer drug methylone — commonly known as MDMA or "Molly" — nearly two ounces of heroin and more than eight ounces of marijuana. The heroin had a street value of approximately $11,000, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Officers arrested 23-year-old Blake William Owen on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

As of Monday evening, neither man remained in custody.

The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Monday that local law enforcement continues to see an increase in the use of heroin in the county and the issue remains a top priority for investigators in the Narcotics Unit.

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