Search Warrants Turn Up Legal Grow, Heroin, Firearms – August 26, 2010

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Eye Staff Report

SUNNY BRAE – The Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Arcata Police Department’s Special Services Unit (SSU), served two narcotics search warrants in the Sunny Brae Area of Arcata Wednesday morning, Aug. 25 at 7:30 a.m.

A Chester Court residence had two rooms dedicated to cannabis cultivation, said officers at the scene. It was later found to be Proposition 215 compliant, and an individual at the scene was not arrested. Due to suspected building code violations related to the grow, the City building official was called to the scene. Electrical service to the residence was ordered disconnected pending repairs and a compliance inspection.

At 1776 Beverly Drive, a number of processed suspected opium poppies, a small quantity of heroin, a small quantity of cocaine, DMT (Dimethyltryptamine, a hallucinogenic drug), less than a pound of processed marijuana, two firearms and approximately $4,000 in cash was seized. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the search warrant service and no arrests were made. Declarations in support of arrest warrants will be forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for two of the residents.

The Beverly Drive house, owned by Robert and Tawny Barnett of Brookings, Ore., is managed by American Property Management of McKinleyville. It has been used for drug activity on and off for years, and was last raided in February, 2009. At that time, an illegal grow was removed, the tenant arrested and power shut off due to extensive out-of-code electrical wiring.

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