Sheriff’s deputies arrested a San Luis Obispo man for numerous weapons and narcotics charges yesterday. On Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at approximately 2:47 p.m., deputies responded to the Chumash Casino parking garage for a report of a subject who had been unconscious, with drug paraphernalia on his lap. When deputies arrived, they contacted 27-year-old Jacob Southard, who was awake and being detained by Casino security.
When deputies searched Southard’s vehicle, they found a handgun, loaded high capacity magazines, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and an illegally modified high-power rifle. Deputies also discovered a pistol that was reported stolen out of Humboldt County, which was loaded and tucked under the driver seat of the vehicle. Southard was also found to be in possession of narcotics paraphernalia, prescription medication, heroin, and methamphetamine.
Southard was arrested and booked at the Main Jail for possession of narcotics and a firearm (felony), possession of narcotics paraphernalia (misdemeanor), manufacturing an assault weapon (felony), possession of an assault weapon (misdemeanor), being under the influence of a controlled substance (misdemeanor), possession of methamphetamine (misdemeanor), possession of a concealed and loaded firearm (misdemeanor), possession of heroin (misdemeanor), and felon in possession of ammunition (felony). Southard was released on $35,000 bail. Deputies will be requesting additional charges via the complaint process to include two additional weapons charges and one drug charge.