Deputies arrest San Luis Obispo man on weapon and drug charges

July 15, 2021


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 27-year-old San Luis Obispo man on Tuesday afternoon who allegedly brought firearms, heroin and methamphetamine to the Chumash Casino Resort, and then fell asleep in a parking garage.

Shortly before 3 p.m., a 911 caller reported a man was unconscious with drug paraphernalia on his lap in the Chumash Casino parking garage. Before deputies arrived, Chumash Casino security guards detained Jacob Southard, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies searched Southard’s vehicle and discovered a handgun, loaded high-capacity magazines, hundreds of rounds of ammunition and an illegally modified high-power rifle. Deputies also found a pistol that had been reported stolen out of Humboldt County. The stolen pistol was loaded and tucked under the driver’s seat, according to the sheriff’s office.

Additionally, deputies found narcotics paraphernalia, prescription medication, heroin and methamphetamine.

Southard was arrested and booked at the Santa Barbara Main Jail on felony charges of possession of narcotics and a firearm, manufacturing an assault weapon and being a felon in possession of ammunition. He is also facing misdemeanor charges of possession of narcotics paraphernalia, possession of an assault weapon, possession of methamphetamine, possession of a concealed and loaded firearm and possession of heroin.

The San Luis Obispo man posted $35,000 bail and was released. Sheriff’s officials will request that prosecutors add two additional weapons charges and one drug charge to Southard’s case.


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Paid his bail with money from selling drugs and I thought a Felon in possession of firearm would stay in jail no bail. If you are going to let these types of career criminals out so easily why arrest them in the first place and waste tax payer money. You will never rehabilitate this guy.

Francesca Bolognini

* Ahem *. Another example of how the “bail” system fails us. Is this they kind of person we want cruising around amongst the public just because he has the cash to do so? Seriously, folks. Want him around your family? Your neighborhood? Bail unfairly frees people who have the money or connections to buy their way out, whilst holding those who do not possess such resources. Hardly “equal treatment under the law” or even common sense, given that those with the money to throw at the problem are often some of the most dangerous criminals.


Just another law-abiding gun owner, right? Pretty ridiculous that this dirt bag’s bail was set so low that he can easily walk out of jail to either cause more mayhem or flee back to his drug cartel buddies in Mexico.


Dude is a card carrying patriotic conservative lol, ironically probably thinks the same way you do…. ignorant.


Nothing about his facebook profile screams conservative to me. He supports the wounded warrior project. That’s not partisan.

He obviously supports the 2nd amendment. That’s not partisan.

He supports the open usage of opioids — and probably prefers decriminalization. I’d bet he leans left there.

This guy could be a down on his luck vet, with some post-war medical issue, that he’s medicating with heroin because the VA isn’t capable of helping him — and he doesn’t lean left or right on every issue.


“Just another law-abiding gun owner, right?”

Wrong. Cute though…


No, obviously not a law abiding “gun owner.”

My guess, probably one of those misunderstood criminals that our Governor and our elected leaders are letting out of jails.


Posted bail and released!?!? Whoever allows for this structure in which this potentially violent drug addicted POS can be released under $35,000 bail should be held accountable as failing to protect the public they work for. Unbelievable.