Criminals Coming Back to Roost
Why Do They Call It Dope?
Probation Supervision Fail: Pepper Spray Bandit Busted Again In Connection to Pot Grow
Gregory Allen Stephens has all the luck. Only five days after being sentenced to three years supervised probation following his Fortuna pepper spray fiasco, he’s been busted again. This time for a large marijuana grow going down in Carlotta along with other dopey perps.
On Tuesday, June 4 at 8:40 am, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Community Response Team Deputies (CRT), assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant at 81 Fir Loop Court in Carlotta.
Deputies located Gregory Aaron Stephens, 37, and Benjamin Robert Rose, 22, at the residence when they arrived. Mr. Stephens was identified as the property owner and on supervised probation.
Deputies searched the residence and located approximately 53 pounds of marijuana bud in one-pound bags, 72 pounds of dried marijuana, and 1,213 growing marijuana plants ranging in size from 1” to 4’ tall.
Deputies also located four rifles, steroids, approximately $9,600 in cash, packaging material, a scale and other evidence indicating the marijuana was being sold. The cash, along with along with two vehicles located at the home were seized for asset forfeiture.
Mr. Stephens, probationer, was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana, violation of probation, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Mr. Rose was booked on cultivation of marijuana and possession for marijuana for sale. Both were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Pokey in short order where their bail was set at $75,000.
While deputies were at the residence, Allan Henry Costa, 23, drove to the search warrant scene. Deputies contacted Mr. Costa who refused to comply with the officer’s demands.
Mr. Costa was arrested for interfering with a police officer and also transported to the Humboldt County Clink– where his bail was set at a lowly $10,000.
But wait. During their investigation, the astute deputies learned that Mr. Stephens also had a residence in the 2500 block of Skyline Drive in Eureka. Responding to and searching that residence, they located over $10,000 in additional green. Naturally, they seized the cash.
While deputies were at the Carlotta residence, they saw a well-worn path between that residence and another residence located next door at 69 Fir Loop Court. They also saw a large greenhouse at the residence which they could tell contained growing marijuana.
The deputies obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for that greenhouse and associated residence. Deputies located Thomas Luther Meahl, 29, at the residence.
They also located approximately 5 pounds of processed marijuana, two hash extraction tubes, over a pound of hashish, numerous butane bottles, hash oil, and, believe it or not, a hand grenade.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad was called to the scene and rendered the grenade safe at the residence.
Mr. Meahl was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, possession of hashish, conspiracy, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of an explosive device and conspiracy. Mr. Meahl, like Mr. Stephens and the rest of the bunch, was transported to the Humboldt County Dope Facility where his bail was set at $500,000.
More information is in today’s Times-Standard’s “Man Arrested In Connection With Pot Grow Days After Sentencing“
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Arson Fire Follows Large Explosion in Loleta
Two deputies were coincidentally on a routine traffic stop one block away from Montgomery Street when they heard the explosion. It was then followed by the sound of several smaller explosions rocking the tiny town ‘hood.
The deputies advised dispatch what they heard and responded to the scene, along with Loleta Fire Department and Cal-Fire.
When the deputies arrived they saw several vehicles on fire. One was fully engulfed and blazing.
A 1995 Pontiac Firebird was burned down to the frame. A 2004 Yamaha motorcycle and a black 2000 Toyota Echo received extensive damage. A 2005 Volkswagen sedan received minor scorching.
Arson Investigators from the Humboldt County Arson Task Force and Sheriff’s Detectives are currently working on this case but there are no dope suspects at this time, the HCSO said. Cows went back to grazing contentedly.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal dope is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s
Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at
Sheriff’s Deputies Persuade Armed Suicidal Man to Surrender
The man fired the gun into the roof of his home in the 1000 block of Carson Woods Road in Fortuna.
The man had also warned family members to vacate the residence.
Roads around the home were blocked off by responding deputies and the Fortuna Police responded to assist. Neighbors were advised to stay indoors.
A Humboldt County Sheriff’s Sergeant trained as a Crisis Negotiator was able to speak with the man on the telephone.
After an hour the man voluntarily surrendered to law enforcement and was transported to the hospital for treatment. Numerous weapons– including the .45 caliber handgun– were recovered from the residence.
No one was injured in the incident, the HCSO said. Kudos to the Sheriff’s officers; that’s totally dope.
Parolee Goes Down with Guns, Drugs, and Cash– Again
The officer recognized the vehicle as belonging to a fellow named Benjamin James Goldman.
Unfortunately for Mr. Goldman, the officer also knew his driver’s license had been suspended.
The officer ‘contacted’ Mr. Goldman as he exited his Camaro in the alley located between the 3100 blocks of Ingley and California Streets just south of West Harris Street.
After confirming Goldman’s unlicensed status, the officer arrested him for driving on a suspended license. The officer then searched him after his arrest.
Inside Goldman’s right front pants pocket, the officer located a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun. In his other pockets were two small baggies containing dope: approximately 4 grams of crystal methamphetamine, or about 1/8th of an ounce.
Goldman’s vehicle was towed from the scene on a 30-day impound pursuant to the California Vehicle Code for knowingly driving with a suspended license.
- Convicted Felon in Possession of a Firearm
- Possession of a Controlled Substance
- Driving on Suspended License
- Felony Committed While Released on Bail
APD Seeking Suspect Identified in Arcata Dope Robbery
On May 31 at about 1:38 pm APD officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the area of 13th St and Union St. Witnesses in the area told APD dispatch that multiple gunshots were heard.
Officers arrived on scene and contacted the victim in the 1200 block of Union St. The victim told officers that he was engaged in a marijuana transaction with an unknown subject when the subject pointed a gun at the victim and demanded his property.
The victim had a brief struggle with the subject and the gun discharged during the fight. The subject then fled the area.
Investigators were able to identify 37-year old Jamie Delos Jeffery of Fortuna as the suspect in the attempted robbery and assault.
Jeffery currently has a felony warrant issued for his arrest for a violation of the terms of his Post Release Community Supervision agreement, another dope probation fail.
Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Jeffery is asked to call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2428, APD said.
Neighborhood Complaints Result in Weed Seizure
On May 28, detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) severed a search warrant in the 300 block of Orchard St. in Eureka. The search warrant was served in response to numerous complaints of a possible marijuana grow there.
During the service of the search warrant, detectives discovered a dope grow inside the attached garage of the residence.
Three subjects, who were inside the residence at the time, were detained and later released. Among other items of evidence, detectives seized 269 immature Marijuana plants and a .45 caliber pistol. Additionally, PG&E responded and disconnected the electrical service to the residence due to unsafe wiring installed to operate the grow.
No arrests have been made at this time. The investigation is ongoing to root out any double-dealing dopers, EPD said.
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