The Drugs and Weapons Investigation Leads to Two Arrests • Atascadero News


The SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, On the 24th of June, is a vehicle that is being driven by a 35-year-old Kent Lawson, of Nipomo, was stopped by sheriff’s deputies in Nipomo. Lawson was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm and possession of narcotics for sale. Lawson eventually posted bail on these, and any other costs incurred in connection with the traffic stop.

After that arrest, Investigators from the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit began an investigation of the Support. By means of this investigation, it was learned that Lawson had been re-engaged in the sale of illegal drugs. On August 10, detectives of the Sheriff’s Special Operations Unit, Narcotics and Gang Task Force (GTF), in conjunction with the San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, served a search warrant at Lawson’s residence in the 200 block of Trevino Drive Nipomo.

At the same time, Lawson was working for the city of Arroyo Grande, a Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit, and members of the GTF. Lawson was detained and subsequently arrested. He was the only occupant in the vehicle. A female companion for Support, the 37-year-old Amanda Zeller, from Nipomo, who was also present, but in the context of a separate vehicle, was arrested as well.

During the search of the Support and the vehicle, Per and her, the vehicle, and the Lawson’s residence, the following items will be located approximately four grams of suspected methamphetamine, with a street value of $4,000, a small amount of fentanyl, a sawed-off pump-action shotgun, a starter pistol, like a revolver, ammunition for the rifle and items associated with drug sales. Lawson was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of narcotics for sale, committing a felony offense while out on bail, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He was arrested for a local misdemeanor warrant and was booked. Both Lawson and Zeller will remain in pre-trial detention in the County Jail.


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