Categorized | Crime, Local

Eureka Police Department’s Roll

 

Good Days for EPD, Bad Ones for Scoundrels

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

The Eureka Police Department has been on a roll lately making busts, according to the cornucopia of recent releases.

Squatters Wheel and Deal

On November 14, at about 10 in the morning, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit conducted a probation search at an apartment located on the 1400 block of Bay Street in Eureka.  This was in response to complaints that non-renters had illegally moved into the apartment resulting in increased “traffic” there.

Investigators contacted Steven Nicholas Upton, age 22,  and his girlfriend, Beatrice Braheda Runner, 24, both from Eureka, inside the apartment.

A records check confirmed Runner had 5 active warrants for her arrest for offenses including:  possession of a controlled substance; petty theft; and possession of marijuana.  Ms. Runner was also currently on formal probation for possession of a controlled substance.

During a search of the apartment, investigators located a loaded .38 caliber Smith and Wesson revolver, ammunition, and approximately 24 ½ ounces– or 1.5 pounds– of processed marijuana bud that was packed for sale in multiple bags.

Investigators also found additional evidence of drug sales activity including a:

  • Digital scale
  • Indicia indicating narcotics trafficking
  • Packaging materials
  • $1,550.00 cash (suspected drug sales proceeds)
  • And a large quantity of cutting agents including MSM and super lactose powder

The MSM was packaged in a manner and appearance made to look as if it was approximately 1 ½ ounces of crystal methamphetamine for sale in 5 individual baggies.

Upton and Runner were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked for:

  • Possession of marijuana for sale
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully selling, giving away, or using a controlled substance
  • And other drug related offenses

Additionally, Ms. Runner was arrested and booked on her warrants.

 

The R Street Bust Leads to Another 86 Pounds in Dinsmore

On November 13, the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a search warrant at a suspected marijuana sales house on the 1600 block of ‘R’ Street, Eureka.  The warrant was part of an investigation into a large scale commercial marijuana growing operation involving multiple suspects and properties.

During the service of the search warrant, resident Kevin James Hulcy, 30, of Eureka, was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a space for unlawfully manufacturing, storing, or distributing a controlled substance.

POP investigators located and seized approximately 24 pounds of processed marijuana bud packaged for sale, 5 firearms, $38,706.00 cash (suspected marijuana sales proceeds), and other evidence indicative of illegal, commercial marijuana cultivation.

During the course of the investigation, EPD investigators also obtained evidence identifying the location of a second rural property in the Dinsmore area associated with the suspects and their illegal marijuana cultivation and sales operation.  This information was relayed to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Response Unit.

That afternoon, Deputies, assisted by Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and a POP investigator, executed a search warrant at the property.

Approximately 86 more pounds of processed marijuana was located and seized on the property, some of which the suspects had apparently hastily attempted to hide.

 

Which Led to the Other Bust of Many Guns– But Little Weed

On November 15 at about 9:30 a.m., POP investigators served a search warrant on a second residence associated with the suspects’ commercial marijuana growing operation.  This residence was also located on the 1600 block of ‘R’ Street near Mr. Hulcy’s house– but the second property did not belong to Hulcy.

During a search of the two-story residence, investigators found evidence of a large recently harvested and trimmed indoor marijuana growing operation.  A substantial section of the residence–3 rooms in the back– had been converted into a marijuana cultivation and processing space. The grow appeared to have been for-profit in nature and was additionally out-of-compliance with Eureka’s Medical Cannabis Ordinance, EPD said.

Investigators seized 15 firearms from the residence including rifles, shotguns, and pistols.  Investigators also located and seized approximately a ½ pound of processed marijuana bud believed to be packaged for sale in multiple bags.

Officers also observed a potential electrical fire hazard associated with the indoor marijuana growing operation due to unpermitted wiring etc. PG&E was contacted to disconnect the electrical service to the residence.

Charges including:

  • Unlawful marijuana cultivation
  • Possession of marijuana for sale
  • And maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, storing, or distributing a controlled substance

–are anticipated to be requested against the residents, who were not home at the time the warrant was served.

 

Small Potatoes:

At approximately 10 a.m., POP investigators also conducted a related probation search at a residence on the 900 block of ‘N’ Street Eureka. Travis Matthew Collins, age 28 of Eureka, was contacted and detained at the residence.  Collins was on felony formal probation for DUI.

During a search of Collin’s home pursuant to his probation status, investigators located a Winchester 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun and Remington 30-06 caliber semi-automatic rifle concealed under the mattress in his bedroom.  Investigators also found approximately 3 ounces of processed marijuana in his room.

Collins was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Pokey where he was booked for probation violation and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

This is an on-going investigation and additional arrests may follow.

As always, EPD asks anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in the City to please call:

  • The Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373
  • The Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095.
  • Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding criminal and drug activity, is encouraged to call the HCSO (707) 445-7251 or
  • The Sheriff’s Office Tip line (707) 268-2539.

* * * * * * * * *

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

Leave a Reply

HumSentinel on Twitter

RSS Progressive Review

  • Pocket paradigms
    Even the best politics are a pretty poor substitute for life and the worst politics compound their felony by forcing us to leave the front stoop to do something about them. Our quarrel with the abuse of power should be not only be that it is cruel and stupid but that it takes so much time way from other things -- like loving and being loved, and music, and a […]
  • Is there love off line?
    Baltimore Sun - Towson University professor Andrew Reiner is concerned that the desire to be "liked" online has bled into the real-life interactions of some of his students. He wants to change that.Reiner, a lecturer in English in Towson's Honors College, says students sometimes pretend to send text messages when they are alone out of fear tha […]
  • Word; Journalism
    You cannot hope to bribe or twist/Thank God the British journalist/ But seeing what the man will do/ Unbribed, there is no occasion to -- Humbert Wolfe A journalist is a man who has missed his calling -- Bismarck Drunkards, deadbeats and bummers -- Harvard president Charles Eliot's description of reporters in rejecting Joseph Pulitzer's offer to en […]
  • Being tasered may affect ability to exercise legal rights
    Mad in America - After they have been hit by a taser, most people experience a significant diminishing in their memory and cognitive functions for up to an hour, according to an unpublished study discussed in Live Science. The researchers said that the impacts were serious enough to raise into doubt whether people who’ve been tasered will understand their le […]
  • Good Stuff: Ranked choice voting
    Fair Vote:Since adoption of ranked choice voting, Oakland winners earn more votes: Of the 18 Oakland offices elected by RCV in 2010 and 2012, the winner had more votes than the winner of the previous non-RCV election in 16 of them. This is a common pattern in RCV elections that avoid electing winners in low-turnout June primaries or December runoffs.Fewer vo […]
  • Recovered history: The real Clinton story
    Things the media forgets to tell you about the Clintons and the state that made them.1976 Bill Clinton is elected attorney general of Arkansas. Two Indonesian billionaires come to Arkansas. Mochtar Riady and Liem Sioe Liong are close to Suharto. Riady is looking for an American bank to buy. Finds Jackson Stephens with whom he forms Stephens Finance. Stephens […]
  • War on the Constitution update
    Off the Charts   - The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities,  AARP, the AFL-CIO, Consumers Union, and ten other national organizations have written to the U.S. Trade Representative asking that Medicare, Medicaid, and other health programs be excluded from the investor-state dispute settlement provisions of pending trade agreements. ISDS would give compani […]
  • Links: Action
    Action news How to plan your own Moral Monday Building peace teams Cellphone guide for protesters Why we need history   Corporations that have deserted the US for tax purposes  BURGER KINGBOYCOTTS Israel  Academic/Cultural Koch Brothers Nestle North Face Staples Walmart Monsanto   ACTIONS Detroit Water Brigade Moral Mondays Tar Sands protests Occupy ACLU Bad […]
  • Stats: Population growth
    CRAIG CRAWFORD […]
  • Pocket paradigms
    We have lost much of what was gained in the 1960s and 1970s because we traded in our passion, our energy, our magic and our music for the rational, technocratic and media ways of our leaders. We will not overcome the current crisis solely with political logic. We need living rooms like those in which women once discovered they were not alone. The freedom sch […]
  • Word
    Remember this: many a good story has been ruined by over-verification -- James Gordon Bennett, Founder of NY Herald […]
  • Will Californians soon be drinking their own pee?
    Slate -The largest desalination plant in the Western Hemisphere is currently under construction in Carlsbad in San Diego County at great expense. The price tag: $1 billion.Right now, San Diego is almost totally dependent on imported water from Sierra snowmelt and the Colorado River. When the desalination plant comes online in 2016, it will produce 50 million […]
  • Follow the limousines
    From 50 years of our overstocked archivesSam Smith - A thought occurred to me as I sat in my car the other day waiting for a presidential cavalcade to make its way noisily down a Washington street: perhaps we should insist on a bit less protection for our leaders based on the theory that if they felt more endangered they would have more sympathy for the rest […]
  • Recovered history: The real Clinton story
    Things the media forgets to tell you about the Clintons and the state that made them.1974 27 year old Clinton, only months out of Yale Law School, is back in Arkansas eager to run for Congress. Roger Morris writes later,  "A relative unknown, he faces an imposing field of rivals in the Democratic primary, and beyond, in the general election, a powerful […]
  • Even in Africa....
    LA TIMES […]