Guns, drugs, toddler turn up at Paso Robles probation search

March 30, 2017

Gwendolyn Jane Hawkins and Michael Bryce Strader

A probation search conducted at a Paso Robles home Wednesday morning led to the discovery of an apparent drug dealing operation, as well as a pair of guns and a toddler. The search concluded with two arrests, while one suspect remains at large.

Around 9:30 a.m., the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, a sheriff’s K9 and probation department personnel searched at a home in the 200 block of Kayla Ct. During the search, investigators discovered two firearms, one of which was loaded.

Authorities also found about eight ounces of a substance suspected to be methamphetamine, approximately three ounces of heroin, more than $8,000, a scale and drug paraphernalia, a sheriff’s office press release states. Officers likewise found a 22-month old child in the home.

Investigators turned the toddler over to Child Welfare Services and arrested Michael Bryce Strader, 38, of Paso Robles and Gwendolyn Jane Hawkins, 41, of Templeton. Deputies charged Strader with being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance and violating his probation. Hawkins was charged with willful cruelty to a child with the possibility of injury or death and two charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Christopher Shawn Boerner

Authorities booked Strader and Hawkins into the San Luis Obispo County Jail, where both remain in custody as of Thursday morning. Strader’s bail is set at $20,000 and Hawkins’ bail is set at $100,000.

Sheriff’s officials have issued a $100,000 arrest warrant for Christopher Shawn Boerner, 36, of Paso Robles. Boerner is wanted on two charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale and child endangerment.


Is it worth $300-400 more a month to live in a nicer area of SLO? YES!!!!!


Was it the neck tattoo that gave it away?


Are police allowed to reveal whether or not a suspected criminal is in the country legally or illegally?


Christopher Shawn Boerner (bottom pic) looks like he’s been sampling some of the product.


The neck tattoo gives them away every time.

Maybe the poor child born into this mess will have a little bit of a shot at a better life now.

JB Bronson

Nice job by the Sheriff’s Dept., but one question: Where is Paso PD on cases like this?


This. The poster-child of the argument against legalization. The libertarian in me screams and cries at this. Yes, I would LOVE for nothing to be illegal, but that would require people be smart and responsible; thus, legalization is not a smart move, in my opinion.

Also, having firearms in the house (loaded or otherwise) does not tell us if it was unsecured or not. I have loaded firearms in my house, and I had toddlers, but never the two would meet. One was locked in the safe, the other I kept holstered… Just kidding! LoL, seeing if you’re reading this. Anyway, if the firearms were locked or otherwise secure, I do not think that should be part of the story, but I understand the over-exuberance of the LEO’s wanting to paint the picture of the bad guys. Do we know if the weapons were secured or not?

Should drug dealers be allowed to have children? Pharmacists are, but they are heavily regulated. Maybe there’s an answer to the legalization issue by requiring similar restrictions… then again, if these dopes (pun intended) are doing this now, they likely aren’t going to follow any law or regulation anyway.


What? I don’t get it.

They all look like great people.

The kind you would love to have as your friends and neighbors.



Once again proving that the lives that are most affected by drug use are not even that of the user. This poor child will probably grow up in “the system” that really has little control over their well-being. Meanwhile, these people will probably be out of jail and back at it in now time thanks to props 47 &57. They won’t serve much jail time or suffer too many consequences but their poor child will. Disgraceful and disgusting.