Deputies nab wanted felon, drugs and cash in rural Arroyo Grande

Sean Michael Cullen

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Gang Task Force nabbed a wanted felon Wednesday who had been on the run since fleeing deputies last month in South County. Detectives also netted a drug stash and cash during Wednesday’s arrest in rural Arroyo Grande.

On Dec. 10, deputies tried to make contact with Arroyo Grande man Sean Michael Cullen, 37, over a probation violation after they spotted him in a car on the Nipomo Mesa. Cullen fled and managed to evade capture, but deputies found a stolen handgun in Cullen’s car, a sheriff’s office press release states.

Gang Task Force members tracked Cullen to a home in the 500 block of Pinecone Way in rural Arroyo Grande. At about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, they served a warrant at the home and arrested Cullen without incident.

During the search, investigators found more than one ounce of black tar heroin, approximately eight grams of methamphetamine and about $500 in cash. Deputies charged Cullen with being a felon in possession of a firearm, probation violations and failing to appear on a felony charge and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail.

Cullen remains in custody with his bail set at $80,000. An investigation into the case is ongoing.