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Paso Robles man arrested after $27,000 worth of drugs found in storage unit

Chad Lee Fowler, 34, of Paso Robles was arrested Thursday, June 11, 2015, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and heroin for sale. Original story »
Chad Lee Fowler, 34, of Paso Robles was arrested Thursday, June 11, 2015, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and heroin for sale. Original story »

Sheriff’s deputies serving a search warrant at a Paso Robles home on an unrelated investigation Thursday afternoon made a surprise discovery — about 4.5 pounds of methamphetamine and more than seven ounces of black tar heroin reportedly worth about $27,000.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said Friday that he could not reveal what led deputies to the home in the 3000 block of Creston Road because that investigation is still ongoing, but he said deputies serving a search warrant at about 4:15 p.m. discovered the drugs after opening a storage unit on the property.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies found inside a cooler 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine packaged for sale in 11 separate plastic bags. Another cooler contained bricks of a substance thought to be methamphetamine. An analysis of the suspected drugs was not complete as of Friday.

Narcotics detectives arrested 34-year-old Chad Lee Fowler of Paso Robles on suspicion of felony possession of methamphetamine and heroin for sale. Fowler remained in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on Friday afternoon in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Cipolla said the investigation into the origin and destination of the drugs also remains ongoing.

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