Crime

Authorities seize drugs, money and illegal weapons during home search in Morro Bay

Three people arrested suspected of being involved

MORRO BAY, Calif. - Over 270 grams of processed marijuana, approximately 163 grams of methamphetamine, and money believed to be from the sale of illegal drugs were seized by authorities in Morro Bay following a weeks-long investigation.

Morro Bay residents Robert Hurless, 25, Brook Gaughan 51, and Paul DeFalco, 33, face a slew of criminal charges connected with the investigation after being arrested during a search of their home on May 15, 2018.

Authorities located several firearms and evidence of illegal activity and drug sales, and say Hurless, Gaughan, and DeFalco were involved in those illegal activities.

For several weeks, Morro Bay police officers had been investigating reports of drug activity at the suspects' home in the 2300 block of Hemlock Avenue, and at about 7 a.m. Tuesday, Morro Bay police, SLO County Sheriff's K9 division, and the San Luis Obispo County Narcotic Task Force descended on the home to serve a search warrant.

Police say that additional narcotic items and illegal armor piercing ammunition were also found within the suspects' home.

Hurless was arrested for the following charges:

  • 11378 HS-Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale
  • 11370.1(A)HS-Possession of Controlled Substance while armed with firearm
  • 496 PC- Possession of stolen property
  • 22010 PC-Possession of Nunchaku
  • 21510 PC-Possession of Illegal Switchblade knife
  • 21810 PC-Possession of Metal Knuckles.

 Gaughan was arrested for:

  • 11377(a) HS-Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • 11366 HS- Maintaining a residence for Unlawful Activity.

DeFalco is facing the following charge:

  •  11378 HS- Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale.

The Morro Bay Police Department says additional charges will be filed with the SLO County District Attorney's Office.

All three suspects were booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information regarding this case is asked to call the Morro Bay Police Department at 805-772-6225 or contact Officer Luke Riddering at 805-772-6225 ext. 468.


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