Seven arrested in Paso Robles drug raid

October 13, 2011

Officers arrested seven people for various drug offences following an early morning raid of a home on the 500 block of Beverly Drive in Paso Robles.

At about 7 a.m. today, officers with the Paso Robles Police Department the San Luis Obispo County Narcotic Task Force served a search warrant at the residence. Their search resulted in  the seizure of approximately a half pound of marijuana packaged for sales, heroin, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The following seven individuals were arrested and booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail:

Clyde Robert, 21, under the influence of a controlled substance – misdemeanor

Nicholas Hutchinson, 26, outstanding warrants – misdemeanor

Joseph Godfrey, 27, under the influence of a controlled substance misdemeanor

Leon Roberts, 24, sale of marijuana – felony

Cristi Smith, 39, under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and maintaining a place for sales of controlled substance – misdemeanors

Amanda Kelleyarmer, 22, under the influence of a controlled substance – misdemeanor

Joseph White, 32, under the influence of a controlled substance – misdemeanor

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Most of the feedback here is about marijuana and I am not sure why. The article stated only ONE person was arrested for selling pot. Did all of you miss the other charges/arrests AND the meth and heroin paraphernalia?? “Under the influence of a controlled substance” is being high on heroin, coke, meth…NOT POT. This was clearly a doper house with some bad drugs coming in and out. The neighborhood had to deal with all these dopers at all hours and they are probably renters to boot. The entire medical marijuana issue is a joke anyway. The majority of doctors question marijuana’s medical use as beneficial. This house had heroin, meth, coke…and marijuana. Drugs are bad and provide no benefit to society. Too many lives ruined by addiction….marijuana is no different.

California nullified federal drug laws by legalizing medical marijuana. (Nullification means a state does not recognize federal law when it thinks it is unconstitutional.) When this went to the Supreme Court, California lost the case. No surprise there, but then the Court decision also was nullified. [The federal government now is attempting to close down medical marijuana dispensaries in California to challenge the concept of nullification. Here is the full story.] Activist Post 2011 Oct 10

California Governor Jerry Brown vetoes a bill to allow industrial hemp farming because he says it would be contrary to federal law. [Obviously the Governor is not on the same track as the legislature.] StopTheDrugWar posted Oct 10

Yes indeed, glad you brought this issue up. Nullification is a scary issue for people, both on the state and judicial (jury) level. They have masterfully woven it into to the mythology of the evil confederacy to keep people and localities/cities/states from thinking about it too much in a legitimate sense.

This is definitely just the beginning for this particular situation too.. If they need to, they (the feds) will deal with it violently, and everyone should understand that very clearly when they consider which side they are on.

Good pop. Nice to catch a whole house full of loser dope dealers while I’m home getting ready to go make an honest living.

Drug Trade – Fletcher Prouty

Many years ago, I took a debate class at a community college and our assignment was to debate the pros and cons of plea bargaining. One of the major arguments in favor of plea bargaining was that it saved time and money for the courts if they didn’t have to expend a prolonged effort in prosecution, a trial, and a longer sentence requiring prolonged housing on the County’s dime.

My debate partner did research in the percentage of ALL criminal charges brought in Los Angeles County courts which involved marijuana. The percentage was 56% of all criminal charges brought in Los Angeles county were marijuana related.

My fellow bloggers have cited me in the past for being math challenged, but I’d have to be an idiot not to add the numbers produced every year by the Governor’s published Annual Budget, that the only people making money out of keeping pot illegal are the numerous state agencies which reap the benefits of all those fines, fees, and grants in order to keep that business going.

The county, state, and Federal agencies receive more and more funding to “combat the problem.” More and more government employees are needed to “police” these specific offenders; prosecute them; house them; house their kids; deal with the psychological trauma of separation and isolation.

And it seems that, as less pot becomes available, the greater the availability of addictive, hard-to-kick drugs. Every year, I hear about growing numbers of people addicted to drugs like the ones mentioned in this article.

I’d love to have the County’s number crunchers, who really have a handle on how much money is spent on drug-related convictions–just the drug-related charges–by every state and county office in San Luis Obispo County. I wish they would look at it like an auditor or accountant would look at the books of a corporation and figure out how much money gets poured into it, how much money these departments actually bring in because of it, and what would happen financially to each department if they had to exist without these funds.

I mean, if we made just pot legal, would the departments not be able to survive on the remaining government revenue? What would happen if we made ALL drugs legal, and just dealt with the fallout by putting all that money into medical care and low-income housing? Which would cost more? Building another prison, or building low-income housing? Is there a direct relationship between removing pot from the market and increase usage of more dangerous drugs and alcohol?

I don’t believe the “Feds” are as antagonistic to the idea of legalizing pot as this County seems to believe. Why is there no public forum free to the public where representatives from these Federal agencies can come and debate and inform the public about what is going on.

Or maybe the “Feds” should stop using drug sales (either allowing it to happen or actively feeding it,) to fund revolution in other countries. Living in SLO is nice, but sometimes I feel like I’m living on the moon. How come the only time there is dialog with the “enforcers” is when it’s from the back seat of a squad car, or when you’re face down on the floor with your hands cuffed?

Couldn’t agree more!! The best article I have read to date on this was Rolling Stone Magazine’s Dec. 2007 issue titled “How America lost the war on drugs.” We have spent BILLIONS and BILLIONS since the early ’70’s trying to save peope (drug users) from themselves at the cost of WHAT?? I’ll tell you what. A failed policy that isn’t working. For ALL the naysayers that say we will fall into anarchy if we legalize drugs, I agree with Oto. Legalize and deal with those with problems. Bet we would spend the same if not WAY less than what we have and again for what? A failed policy, that’s what.

oto, some very good points and questions there. For some of the answers, see my entry below on the views of the late L. Fletcher Prouty.

I think you are really on to something here. It’s all about the money. Follow it, any you’ll have your answers. Your suggestion for “auditing” and “accounting” is excellent, but don’t count on it ever happening. To understand better why this will not happen, read up on the ordeal of Catherine Austin-Fitts, whose job it was to clean up financial messes such as the savings and loan scandal at HUD. Try her website,

See also the article:

On the Money Trail

The dangerous world of Catherine Austin Fitts

By Mari Kane

Should have kept it a little more on the DL, two of my co-workers live on that street and they were disturbing the neighborhood…..

Fair enough. Thank you for the additional information. I have little compassion for people who can’t respect those around them.

Once again arresting consenting adults for coloring outside the lines. Meanwhile at least 1/3 of the money I made today was stolen by the government, which in turn spent it on killing other people I don’t even know or care about and funding the FBI to make up bogus Iranian terrorist threats. The truth is that the criminals in this picture are the police who will be stealing the property of these people. I am shocked that the feds were not involved, that means the asset seizure might actually go through some due process.. tho I have a feeling I’m prob wrong about their lack of involvement.

In THIS specific case, assuming the information that they were disturbing the information is correct, then I retract the above statement. I think the charges are potentially life-damaging and a little extreme, but I’m happy to see inconsiderate people get their due.

Selling some pot-felony. Our system is a joke, and cruel. What idiots and criminals we have running things.

Yes, let’s all disregard the rest of that sentence regarding heroin and meth. Let’s focus on the pot only….After all tweakers and junkies commit no crimes while strung out….makes it victimless…..sure…copy that…

I read the article and one person was charged only with selling pot.. Am I missing something here, can you people read?

Yes there was no charges but it is implied that they MAY have been involved with herion and meth in the fact that they found paraphernalia. My guess is the paraphernalia could be needles or trace amounts of the substance? Yes probably no drugs found to charge on that but enough evidence to say they may have been involved, hence they could be a problem as azuresees was pointing out.

The heat came early today . . .