Loaded man busted for drugs and weapons in Paso Robles

February 10, 2022


Paso Robles police officers arrested a man found on Tuesday with thousands of dollars worth of drugs, as well as a loaded handgun and large-capacity magazine.

Shortly before noon, a 911 caller reported a suspicious vehicle parked in a parking lot in the 2400 block of Riverside Avenue. The caller said the vehicle had been running for about 45 minutes, but there did not appear to be anyone in or around the car, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.

Officers arrived in the area and found Paso Robles resident Dustin Marlow, 36, in the driver’s seat of the vehicle. Police determined Marlow was under the influence of a controlled substance, and arrested him.

An investigation ensued, and officers found Marlow was in possession of a loaded Glock .40 caliber handgun with the serial numbers removed, a 25-round magazine, four pounds of methamphetamine, 25 grams of Fentanyl, 19 grams of black tar heroin, 27 Suboxone strips and $1,900 in cash. The estimated street value of the drugs officers seized is $13,000, according to the police department.

Officers booked Marlow in the San Luis Obispo County Jail on nine felony charges and three misdemeanor charges relating to possession of narcotics and weapons violations. Marlow currently remains in custody with his bail set at $50,000, according to the county sheriff’s office website.

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He has relatives in the judicial and LEO departments .. That might explain the low bail amount ,besides the reason it’s the Calif current bail system at work

Love the headline.

Glad this punk is off our streets. Now don’t let him out until he is clean and has a plan for life.

A dozen felony and misdemeanor charges for drug possession, distribution & use, plus serious weapons violations. When did the bottom fall out of bail schedules? $50,000 bail in this instance is a joke. If dems were truly serious about gun crime, offenders such as in this case would have had bail set at least 5 times higher, and, if convicted, would be calling the Graybar Hotel home for 30+ years.

Pretty sure the street value of 4lbs of meth alone is worth a lot more than $13,000. Usually cops add a 10x multiplier to the value of the drugs seized. This time it seems like they divided by 10.

Times have changed, even in the past 10 years. Meth is cheaper and available in higher quantities than ever before:


Believe it or not, that $13k quoted value is using the “multiplier.”

I will take your word on that since I have no clue. I only went to google and typed in “price per pound of meth” and got this answer below. I have no idea how accurate that is but even at the lowest price, 4lbs comes out to $20,000.

“Currently, methamphetamine prices range from $5,000 to $22,000 per pound”

You should read that article I posted. Fascinating stuff. Here’s a quote:

With labs popping up everywhere, the price of a pound of meth fell to nearly $1,000 for the first time on U.S. streets by the late 2010s—a 90 percent drop from a decade earlier in many areas. Yet traffickers’ response to tumbling prices was to increase production, hoping to make up for lower prices with higher volume. Competition among producers also drove meth purity to record highs.