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Man arrested for possessing drugs, stolen checkbook 

26-year-old Joseph Armas arrested

Joseph Armas.

Joseph Armas.

Paso Robles Police Department officers have arrested Joseph Armas, a 26-year-old Paso Robles resident, for possessing drugs and drug paraphernalia, as well as a stolen checkbook.

On Tuesday, at approximately 1:15 p.m., Paso Robles Police Department officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1800 block of Redwood Drive for vehicle code violations. The driver of this vehicle, 26-year-old Paso Robles resident Joseph Armas, was contacted and the investigating officers noticed he was in possession of a checkbook belonging to another person. The owner of the checkbook was contacted and it was learned that this person had been the victim of an unreported vehicle burglary sometime during the previous week. That vehicle burglary occurred in the 600 block of Nicklaus Street in Paso Robles.

Armas was ultimately arrested for several charges after he was found in possession of numerous items of stolen property, along with heroin, methamphetamine, and narcotics paraphernalia.

Officers were able to return over $500 worth of property to the victim of the vehicle burglary.

Armas was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on the following charges:

  • Sales of controlled substances
  • Transportation of controlled substances
  • Possession of stolen property


Controlled substances found in Armas’ possession.

Controlled substances found in Armas’ possession.

This is an ongoing investigation and anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464. Persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).


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