Thursday, February 17, 2011

POP Search Warrant Nets Nearly 1 Pound of Meth and 3 Arrests

Written by  Bob Froehlich


According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated 02/15/2011:
On 2/15/11, at about 1:50 PM, Detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP), assisted by Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, served a search warrant at a residence on the 2900 block of R Street, Eureka.  The residents had been the subject of an on-going POP methamphetamine sales investigation over the past several months prompted in part by on-going neighborhood complaints about the house.

Detectives located and detained 8 adult Hmong males in the residence, including resident Lue Cheng (age 21 of Eureka).  During a subsequent search of the house, Detectives found approximately 13 ounces (net weight) of crystal methamphetamine (including multiple ¼-ounce baggies pre-marked and packaged for sale) concealed in hidden containers in the kitchen.  Detectives also located numerous drug packaging baggies and a digital scale in the home.  Additionally, Detectives found several grams of processed marijuana pre-marked and packaged for sale inside a hidden compartment in a car parked in the garage.  The car was identified as belonging to Lue Cheng. While Detectives were still processing the scene, resident Bao Moua (female age 20 of Eureka) returned and was taken into custody.  A third resident, Lor Cheng (age 24 of Eureka), was subsequently taken into custody at his workplace in Eureka. 

Lue Cheng was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional facility where he was booked for possession of methamphetamine for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, and having a hidden compartment in a vehicle for purposes of trafficking/concealing drugs. Bao Moua and Lor Cheng were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional facility where they were booked for possession of methamphetamine for sale.

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug sales activity occurring in Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.

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