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Police Bust Up Alleged Drug House

Morro Bay police wrapped up a months-long investigation into drug activity at a Morro Bay home, raiding the home and making several arrests and seizing suspected drugs and paraphernalia.

According to a police news release, “For several months Morro Bay officers have been investigating reported drug activity at the residence and that the home has been maintained as a known drug house.

At 7 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29 the investigation came to a head, when MBPD officers, with the assistance of the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force and K-9 Division, served a search warrant at the home in the 900 block of Allesandro Ave.

A resident of the neighborhood told The Bay News that several of the neighbors have been complaining to police about the activity at the home for quite some time, and was happy to see them put an end to the activity in the neighborhood.

Several people at the home were arrested after the search reportedly discovered suspected methamphetamine, heroin, and drug paraphernalia, according to police.

“Additional evidence of drug use and activity was also located within the residence,” police said but did not elaborate.

The people arrested were: Randi Marie Ruggles, 40, arrested for suspicion of maintaining a drug house; Ralph James Aschenbrenner, 47, arrested for suspicion of possession of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of drugs; John Leonard Fort, 33, suspicion of possession of drugs, paraphernalia and UTI; Acacia Lee Macdonald, 30, for alleged possession of opiates, possession of illegal drugs, and UTI; Kathryn Patrice Doepel, 54, suspicion of UTI; and, Paul Raymond Defalco, 33, suspicion of possessing illegal drugs, paraphernalia and UTI.

All are listed as Morro Bay residents except Doepel, who is listed as a Cayucos resident.

All were booked into County Jail. Police continue to investigate the matter and ask anyone with information about the case to call Cpl. Mark Martin at (805) 772-6225 Ext. 427. Citizens can also report illegal activity online through Crime Stoppers at: and remain anonymous.

“The Morro Bay Police Department is committed to addressing all criminal activity and quality of life issues within our community,” police added.

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