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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Utah court indictments result in Humboldt County arrests Featured

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A three-year long multiagency suspected criminal marijuana investigation last week led to the arrest, of two Humboldt County residents with other arrests expected to follow. Indictments originating from the Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah for "engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana" were issued for several Humboldt County residents.

The first suspect arrested in this on-going intrastate case was Michael Stallings, age 63 (shown in the photo above). Stallings was arrested at his residence located off Friday Ridge Road, Willow Creek. During the arrest officers noticed an outdoor marijuana growing operation and seized over 600 growing marijuana plants, one pound of processed marijuana, two rifles and a shotgun.

A second suspect in the case, John Paul Diller, age 32, was subsequently arrested at his residence in the 1600 block of Children’s Avenue, McKinleyville.  In that arrest Officers netted 10 individual, one pound bags of processed marijuana and also seized 4 pistols, 2 rifles, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, a vehicle and $7,900 dollars in cash. Subsequently, over 800 growing marijuana plants were found in storage units allegedly rented by Diller, off Airport Road, Fortuna.  Also, two motorcycles, a Polaris- Ranger ATV and a utility trailer, located on a property owned by Diller in Freshwater, were seized for possible asset forfeiture. More arrests in this case are expected.

The full Humboldt County Press release appears below.

On 06-11-2013 and 6-12-2013 the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service, United States Marshal Office assisted the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Metro Narcotics Task Force and the Davis Metro Narcotic Strike Force out of Salt Lake City, Utah regarding a 3 year long marijuana investigation in Humboldt County that was linked to Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration issued indictments for several Humboldt County residents out of the Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah for engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Federal and state search warrants were served in Utah during the course of this investigation.

On 06-11-2013 at about 1000 hours, local law enforcement and federal law enforcement officers located and arrested one suspect for the federal indictment out of Utah named Michael Stallings age 63 at his residence located off Friday Ridge Road, Willow Creek. While at Stallings residence, officers noticed an outdoor marijuana growing operation.

Officers obtained a Humboldt County search warrant for the property. Officers then seized over 600 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 2 feet to 3 feet. Officers seized one pound of processed marijuana, two rifles and one shotgun. Stallings was transported to the federal courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah. A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for Stallings for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.

On 06-12-2013 at about 0900 hours, local and federal law enforcement officers served a search warrant at John Paul Diller’s, age 32, residence located in the 1600 block of Children’s Avenue, McKinleyville. Diller was taken into custody on a federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah. Diller was transported to the Federal Courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his Federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah. When Officers searched Diller’s residence they located and seized 10 individual, one pound bags of processed marijuana. Officers also seized 4 pistols and 2 rifles. A Harley Davidson motorcycle, a vehicle and $7,900 dollars in cash was seized for possible asset forfeiture. On 06-12-2013 at 0900 hours, other officers served a search warrant at two storage units off Airport Road, Fortuna that Diller was renting. Officers seized over 800 growing marijuana plants from inside of those two storage units that ranged in size from 2 feet to 3 feet. No one was located at the storage units.

On 06-12-2013 at 5:00 pm, a search warrant was served on a piece of property that Diller owns in the Freshwater area. Officers seized two motorcycles, a Polaris- Ranger ATV and a utility trailer for possible asset forfeiture.  A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Officer for Diller’s arrest for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.

There are other suspects still associated with this investigation out of the indictments from Salt Lake City, Utah. More arrests are anticipated in the County of Humboldt. The United States Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City, Utah is working closely with the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco with the Federal indictments out of Utah.

Anyone with information on this case or related drug activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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