Drug lab suspect escapes after chase in SLO
March 30, 2016
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a man suspected of involvement in a hallucinogen production lab. The suspect evaded capture after sheriff’s deputies chased him through San Luis Obispo earlier this month, and he has remained at large for more than two weeks.
Around 12:30 a.m. on March 12, sheriff’s deputies tried to stop a black 1996 Dodge Dakota pickup in the area of southbound Highway 101 and Madonna Road. Deputies tried to stop the truck because of a vehicle code violation, according to a sheriff’s office news release.
The driver of the pickup then led deputies on a short chase. In the 3600 block of South Higuera Street, he drove the truck over a curb and down an embankment of San Luis Obispo Creek. The suspect fled in the creek area.
Deputies searched the cab of the truck and found a loaded .45 caliber handgun, a wig, two two-way radios, bullet proof vest and a1903 Springfield rifle with a scope inside the truck’s toolbox.
Investigators also found chemistry paraphernalia in the bed of the truck. The paraphernalia is associated with a a hallucinogenic drug protection lab.
KSBY reports chemicals found in the truck are used to make DMT, the drug used in the Amazonian ritual brew Ayahuasca. Deputies have rarely, if ever, found DMT in SLO County, according to the sheriff’s office.
Detectives collected DNA and fingerprints from the interior of the truck, as well as from the weapons and the lab components. The Department of Justice is currently processing the DNA and fingerprints.
Investigators request that anyone with information about the case call the sheriff’s office at (805) 781-4550 or anonymously call Crime Stoppers at (805) 549-7867. The sheriff’s office did not release a description of the suspect.