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SLO Sheriff’s deputies arrest two involved in trafficking $617,000 worth of illegal narcotics

Illegal Narcotics
San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Office

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men after an 11-month-long investigation on illegal narcotics trafficking in San Luis Obispo County.

Deputies arrested Timothy Keith Moore, 41, San Luis Obispo and Jesse Daniel Talaugon, 38, San Luis Obispo on February 20.

Moore was arrested for conspiracy to transport/sell narcotics, possession of a controlled substance for sale and gun charges.

Talaugon was arrested for conspiracy to transport/sell narcotics, possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance for sale and gun charges.

On February 20, sheriff's deputies made a traffic stop on South Street in San Luis Obispo to serve a search warrant on a car driven by Talaugon.

During the search, deputies found about 2.5 pounds of methamphetamine, pre-packaged baggies containing suspected heroin and suspected Fentanyl along with approximately $4,000 in cash.

Talaugon was taken in custody.

Detectives later served a search warrant at a home on the 100 block of South Street in San Luis Obispo. This home was associated with Talaugon and another suspected drug trafficker, Moore.

During the search of the home, detectives seized approximately 10 pounds of methamphetamine, approximately 3/4 kg of heroin, scaled and packing items and two handguns.

On February 19, at the Sheriff's Special Operations Unit request, the CHP initiated a traffic stop on a car driven by Moore on Highway 101 near Santa Maria.

During the traffic stop, officers found approximately one pound of methamphetamine, approximately one kilogram of heroin, one kilogram of fentanyl, a loaded handgun, bags of pills that were a combination of fentanyl and Tylenol along with $2,000 in cash in the car.

Moore was taken into custody after the search.

San Luis Obispo Sheriff's gave the estimate amounts and their street values of the narcotics seized in the following list:

  • Nearly 15 lbs. of Methamphetamine = $270,000
  • 2.21 lbs. of Black tar Heroin = $80,000
  • Approximately 1.54 lbs of Gray powder Heroin = $63,000
  • 2.26 lbs. of White powder Fentanyl = $185,000
  • Approximately 1900 pills of counterfeit M 30 pills made of Fentanyl and Acetaminophen = $19,000

The total amount comes out to $617,000 worth of illegal narcotics.

The sheriff's office places a note saying the toxicity of Fentanyl, two to three milligrams is considered a lethal dose.

Sheriff's Office says it is believed that Moore and Talaugon had a network of people who were bringing narcotics directly from Mexico to San Luis Obispo County.

The investigation has been ongoing since March 2019.

The San Luis Obispo County Probation Department, Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, and CHP assisted with the investigation.

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