How Many Chances Do Probationers Get When They’re Not Being Supervised?
On April 18 Eureka Police Department officers and detectives responded to a motel at the 4000 block of
Broadway to investigate a stolen car in the parking lot.
During their investigation, Robert Tyson (age 32), Casey Hunter (age 31) and Daniel Silva (age 28) were contacted inside one of the rooms and arrested for unrelated charges. The motel room, registered to Tyson and Hunter, was searched as a result of Tyson’s probation terms.
The search yielded a stolen laptop computer, 191.5 grams of Marijuana, 25.7 grams of Hashish, 32.4 grams of Heroin, 63 grams of Methamphetamine, and various prescription pills. Also collected were numerous laptop computers and other electronic items, suspected of being stolen property.
Mr. Tyson was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, Possession of Concentrated Cannabis for Sales, Possession of Heroin and Prescription Medication for Sales, Possession of Stolen Property, and an outstanding warrant.
Ms. Hunter was arrested for Possession of Stolen Property and an outstanding warrant.
Mr. Silva was arrested for Possession of Methamphetamine and an outstanding warrant.
All three subjects were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Jail.
The stolen vehicle, which originated the investigation was recovered and towed to a local tow yard.
But this isn’t Mr. Tyson and Ms. Hunter’s first time around the criminal drug block. They were popped only six months ago– under similar circumstances– at the Royal Inn in Eureka. Here’s what happened back then:
On 11-26-2012 at about 1000 hours the Humboldt County Drug Task Force conducted a probation search at a motel room located at the Royal Inn on 5th Street, Eureka. Agents contacted three subjects in the motel room, who they identified as:
- Casey Marie Hunter, age 31
- Robert Eric Tyson, age 31
- And Steven Michael Ridley, age 27.
When Agents searched the motel room they located about 50 Vicodin pills that Agents learned were being sold at $2.00 dollars a pill, 3 pounds of marijuana, ½ of an ounce of methamphetamine, a methamphetamine smoking pipe and a loaded .22 caliber revolver.
Agents arrested Robert Tyson for being armed in commission of a felony, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of Vicodin for sales, possession of marijuana for sales and for violation of probation. Mr. Tyson was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and his bail was set at $ 50,000 dollars.
Agents arrested Steven Ridley for an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest for a narcotic violation, for possession of methamphetamine, for violation of probation and for possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe. Mr. Ridley was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and is currently being held without bail, because of his outstanding arrest warrant.
Agents arrested Casey Hunter for possession of a methamphetamine smoking pipe. Ms. Hunter was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked and released on her promise to appear in court.
This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.
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It’s both a shame and a crime when the Eureka Police Department and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office have to come along and clean up these messes when the Probation Department is either unwilling or unable to do so. The Sentinel has reported this happening repeatedly and we’ve given example after example showing this to be the case, yet the non-supervision problem continues unabated.
Perhaps someone needs to wake up from their desk and start doing the job they’re supposed to do. It’s no wonder EPD leaves out the Probation Department while giving the following advice for citizens:
Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call EPD’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.