Jeperson Mykham, Somchanh Khousinnavong arrested in POP raid
Two men were arrested and two women were detained at an O Street residence raided yesterday due to citizen complaints of suspected illegal activity.
At about 1:10 p.m. Monday, the Problem Oriented Policing and Criminal Investigative Services units of the Eureka Police Department served a search warrant at an alleged grow house on the 2700 block of O Street. According to EPD sergeant Steve Watson, law enforcement found a commercial marijuana cultivation at the residence, along with two men, two women and two small children.
Taken in the raid were 24 and a half pounds of dried, untrimmed marijuana in a garage, along with 3.5 pounds of drying weed in the main residence and 8 pounds of processed bud packaged for sale, making for a total harvest of over 36 pounds. Also located were 12 firearms, including:
- Eight assault-style rifles (including AR-15 type .223/5.56 millimeter and .22 LR calibers);
- Four handguns, two of which were loaded;
- Numerous ammunition stockpiles and detachable magazines, including three illegal high-capacity pistol magazines;
- One of the loaded pistols, a .40 caliber Glock 22, was found under a mattress in one of the bedrooms shared by a child.
Also uncovered was a military issue Interceptor body armor vest with ceramic hard armor plates. $7,980 in cash was found in the pockets of the two men, and subsequently seized as suspected proceeds from drug sales.
Arrested at the scene were 24-year-old Jeperson Mykham and 22-year-old Somchanh Khousinnavong, both of whom lived in the grow house. They were transported to county jail without incident, and booked on charges of unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of pot for sale, maintaining a drug house, possession of an assault weapon, unlawful possession of a high capacity magazine and child endangerment. Mykham was additionally charged with probation violation, as he was previously convicted of carrying a concealed firearm.
According to Watson, additional charges are anticipated to be filed by the District Attorney’s Office against the two female residents of the grow house, whose names were withheld by EPD as they were not arrested yesterday; they were detained and released at the scene to care for their children.
City of Eureka building department personnel were deployed to assess potential safety and code enforcement violations, as the grow well exceeded the provisions of the municipal medial marijuana ordinance. After discovering unpermitted wiring which was allegedly an unsafe electrical fire hazard, the city had Pacific Gas and Electric dispatch a worker to cut power to the property. POP also announced they’d issue a Notice and Order to the property owner requiring them to abate the nuisance at the home.
Members of the public with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in Eureka are encouraged to call the POP Unit at (707) 441-4373 or the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095.