Meth, Marijuana, Paraphernalia– and Children– Found
Yesterday, December 10 at 10:30 in the morning, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem
Oriented Policing (POP) Unit served a search warrant at an
apartment building located on the 1500 block of Second Street,
Eureka. The warrant was obtained in response to multiple complaints
and tips POP received concerning suspected drug use and sales activity
occurring at the suspect’s apartment.
Investigators detained half a dozen individuals in the apartment, including a 52-year-old male relative who arrived after they had secured it. The male was carrying a concealed digital gram scale with methamphetamine residue on it, drug use paraphernalia, and a pair of police-issue handcuffs with a key.
A stun gun, pepper spray, and a hidden container—a stash can for concealing contraband– were later seized from the subject’s vehicle outside. He was detained and released pending further investigation. However, criminal charges for
unlawful possession of a stun gun and tear gas by a prohibited
person will be requested against the male as he’s a convicted
felon and on probation for DUI.
During a search of the apartment, investigators located approximately a ½ pound of processed marijuana, drug use paraphernalia including a meth pipe, and further evidence of drug sales activity including a digital gram scale.
Two children, a brother and sister, 11-years-old, were also present in the home. Due to unsafe living conditions of the drug house and other on-going issues negatively affecting their well being, Child Welfare Services (CWS) was contacted. A social worker responded and took the children into temporary protective custody.
The primary suspect, Michael Edward Sovereign, 66, of Eureka, was not home at the time the warrant was served.
At about 11:37 AM, investigators located Mr. Sovereign driving on the 2700 block of Harris Street in Eureka. Mr. Sovereign was detained following a traffic stop. Methamphetamine, drug sales packaging materials, and another digital gram scale were located during a search of his vehicle and person.
Investigators then searched a second related location near Redwood Acres Fairgrounds. Several more grams of methamphetamine, packaging materials, and yet another digital gram scale were found inside a hidden container there.
Mr. Sovereign was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Slammer where he was booked for possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale.
His bail was set at $50,000. Mr. Sovereign posted bail later that afternoon
and was released from custody.
(Posted by Skippy Massey)