Oceano methamphetamine dealer arrested
June 3, 2011
An Oceano man was arrested for possession of methamphetamine for sale after a canine officer alerted Arroyo Grande police that the man had drugs in his car.
Police officers pulled over Richard Allen Howell, 69, on Tuesday for a minor equipment violation and discovered the man was on probation for narcotics offenses. After the canine officer alerted police to an area of the vehicle, officers searched a vent and found a zippered bag with 43.5 grams of meth.
Howell has an extensive criminal record that includes arrests for vehicle theft; obstruction and resisting arrest; receiving stolen property; possession of a dangerous weapon; grand theft; felon in possession of a firearm; domestic violence; false imprisonment; assault with a deadly weapon; violation of parole; reckless driving; and multiple offenses involving being under the influence, possession, transportation and possession for sale of a controlled substance.
Richard Howell was arrested without incident and booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and violation of probation.