Paso Man Busted with Drugs, Guns

Written by Estero Bay News

June 17, 2022

Items found during an arrest of a Paso Robles man in a home where he head been staying.

A Paso Robles man suspected of dealing drugs and being heavily armed was arrested by the Sheriff’s Department on a slew of charges including cruelty to a child.

According to Sheriff’s spokesman Tony Cipolla, on May 10, “the Sheriff’s Gang Task Force began an investigation into 49-year-old Todd Iliff of Paso Robles regarding the sale of controlled substances while armed with a firearm.”

Ten days later, investigators obtained search warrants for his residence and car and set out looking for their man. That day, deputies tried to stop Iliff’s car on Appaloosa Drive in Paso Robles, but he reportedly sped off with investigators giving chase.

“Iliff refused to stop until he was parked outside a residence where he had been staying,” Cipolla said, “located in the 500 block of Sacagawea Court in Paso Robles. A woman and her three young children, ages 11, 2 and 10 months, exited the residence.”

Deputies searched that residence and another in the 2900 block of Ardmore Rd., and discovered a trove of drugs and weapons.

Cipolla said that approximately 1.8 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms (magic mushrooms), was allegedly discovered “in an unsecured cabinet in the kitchen.” They reportedly also found suspected drug paraphernalia associated with dealing. 

They also found guns — a loaded handgun discovered on the floor of a bedroom, an AK-47, more handguns and rifles, and ammunition. It was all confiscated. 

Iliff was arrested for suspicion of willful cruelty to a child with possible injury or death; possession of a controlled substance for sale; committing a felony while armed; and possession of a controlled substance for sale while armed, according to Cipolla.

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