San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputies took two county residents into custody at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Paso Robles Friday afternoon.
According to a press release from the Sheriff’s Department, a deputy was conducting a follow-up investigation at the store when he was tipped off by Wal-Mart security agents that a person leaving the store was a suspect in North County burglaries.
The deputy stopped Ricky Andrew Soto, 22, of Templeton when he got to his car in the parking lot. Deputies detained Soto on a warrant and then requested a drug sniffing dog from the California Highway Patrol after smelling the odor of marijuana in the car. Tasha Rose Gambel, 23, also of Templeton was the sole passenger in Soto’s car. She was taken into custody after narcotics paraphernalia related to heroin and methamphetamine smoking were discovered. A tin containing black tar heroin was also found in the vehicle.
The CHP K-9 detected other drug related items and during the search, property matching the description of items stolen in Atascadero was also discovered. Deputies contacted Atascadero Police detectives who responded to the scene and confirmed the property as stolen. Soto was arrested on possession of narcotics, possession of stolen property, possession of burglary tools. Gambel was charged with conspiracy and drug possession.
Both were booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail, where Soto remains on $25,000 bail. Gambel was later released on $2000 bail.
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