Drug lab suspect escapes after chase in SLO

March 30, 2016

police chaseThe 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.



  1. alienalkaloidgirl says:

    It was not a “him” it was a “her”.

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  2. Gordo says:

    Once the crook ran into the creek he could easily get away through the numerous hobo trails that connect the various homeless encampments along the creek. All introducing a police dog into the environment would have done was possibly having some innocent person getting bitten if they got in the way.

    As far as Dimethyltriptamine, it is pretty common in a town with a university full of botany students. The press release said the sheriff’s department rarely finds these labs, yet a simple google search showed they found an operating lab in SLO back in 2011.

    As far as the “Keystone Cops” comment take the weed out of your ass Bill, it isn’t letting you contribute anything maeningful to the discussion..

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    • Kaiser Bill says:

      The job of cops is to apprehend criminals, not write tickets and throw drunk college kids in the drunk tank. Fail!

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  3. indigo1955 says:

    I am certain he time-jumped into another dimension. DMT does that….right? :)

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  4. TomfromSlo says:

    Interesting. While I suppose it can be used recreationally, I know Dmt and ibogaine have become really popular as alternative treatments for addiction. From what I hear they work pretty well, too. I can only imagine that we will hear a lot more about dmt and ibogaine as more and more fallouts from the opiate epidemic become desperate and seek treatment.

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  5. citygirl says:

    don’t they have a detection dog who could have tracked this guy down?

    If they don’t I know Morro Bay, Pismo and AG all have dogs, I think they would have helped out if called.

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  6. Kaiser Bill says:

    Our Keystone Kops at work again.

    Maybe he slipped out in a boat and the Sheriff can use their shiny new boat.

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  7. KimNorth says:

    Wow is this the kit to a Mexican cartel voodoo hit man???

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  8. achillesheal says:

    If only the minimum wage had already been $15/hour, he could earn a living wage, would have been happy at an entry level job and wouldn’t need to deal drugs.

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    • alienalkaloidgirl says:

      It doesn’t say she was selling it…that’d be disrespecting the whole ideology behind DMT. Its for healing and spiritual enlightenment. Those cops desecrated it just by how they spoke of it. Shame on them. Its for religious and sacred purposes dating back thousands of years.

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