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Whopping Pounds of Meth Found in Simple Arcata Traffic Stop

 

Saturday’s Bust Was One of the Largest in City’s History, but…

 

Sunday’s Bust Now Pushes Total to 3.5 Pounds

–Updated Below–

 

Skippy Massey
Humboldt Sentinel

 

A traffic stop led to a search that led to a large seizure– one pound–  of methamphetamine and a felony narcotics arrest for an unlucky individual by the Arcata Police Department Saturday.

After the traffic stop at about 3:30 in the afternoon on Samoa Boulevard, 28-year-old Eureka man was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to sell.

Officials said an Arcata police officer pulled the man’s vehicle over and the driver did not have a license.  The identity of the man and the reason for the traffic stop were not released by Arcata police.

The officer noticed the man was acting very nervous.  With assistance from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force Narcotics K-9 team, a vehicle search was conducted.

The K-9 was attracted to a concealed compartment in the dash of the vehicle, and, after a hand search, officers found four ounces of suspected methamphetamine.  But that wasn’t all they found.

Officers learned the subject was renting a mini-storage unit in Arcata, and more narcotics were being kept there, officials added.  How they came to that conclusion is unknown, unless the culprit sang like a canary squealing himself off and chatting away in a tweaker-induced haze with flittingly incoherent thoughts and his jibs flapping amok.

However the case, astute and sober police officers obtained a search warrant for the storage unit.

Lo and behold, officers and task force agents found what they came for:  four more ounces of methamphetamine in the storage unit.  Hot on the tweaker’s trail, they continued to poke around until they discovered another half pound of meth.

In addition to the whopping amount of speed, officers also found and seized more than $1,700 in cash, they said.

Officials estimate the street value of the seized suspected narcotics—a full pound of crystal meth– at $18,000.

The unnamed suspect was hauled off to the Humboldt County slammer and lodged into a cell without much information or details given.  One of the largest seizures of methamphetamine made in Arcata, the  investigation is ongoing, APD said.

 But… wait!  Hold the presses.  We have an update:

KIEM-TV News reported this appears to be a separate bust altogether that happened on Sunday but following Saturday’s mini-storage bust above.  They reported:

Over $50K– 3.5 Pounds–  of Meth Seized by Arcata Police

“Arcata police seized over $50,000 dollars worth of meth after they obtained a search warrant on a storage unit located in Arcata.

“On Sunday around 1:45 a.m., officers found 3.5 lbs of methamphetamine having an estimated street value of $50,000 to $60,000 dollars, along with scales and packaging materials.

“This is part of a 2-year investigation into a methamphetamine trafficking organization.

“One arrest has been made, but no names have been released.  Officers say the investigation is ongoing.”

 The whodunnit mystery and meth amounts continue…

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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