Humboldt Justice: Man Arrested With Pound of Heroin Failed to Show in Court
John Chiv covers the local legal system for his blog. He’ll be sharing his observations on some of the more high profile trials with us in our new Humboldt Justice guest column.
On Tuesday, September 1, two men were arrested in Fortuna by the Eureka Police Department for multiple charges including possession heroin for sale. Over one pound of the drug was seized. Two grams of meth and a large amount of cash were found also. Both were released on their own recognizance.
Many in the community expressed outrage. One commenter on this blog, Jack Straw wrote, “Wow! Heroin traffickers released on own recognizance?! With over 1 pound seized?!…We seem to have a serious systemic malfunction over at the courthouse! Somebody call the networks- I believe this should be national news.”
Another, Uti, said, “WHAT!!! 1.1 pounds of heroin seized and booked and released? Shall we start a betting pool on whether the two guys show up for court?”
Yesterday, one suspect was arraigned (a defendant and his or her attorney appears in court to be formally given the charges against them and they make a plea of not guilty or guilty.)
John Chiv, courtroom watcher and local blogger, was there to follow the legal proceedings. Chiv writes,
….Gilberto Giron-Ramirez was arraigned in Courtroom 5.
Released on OR (Own Recognizance) after his arrest, he failed to show up for court. A bench warrant was requested by Deputy District Attorney Jackie Pizzo and issued by Visiting Judge David Flinn.
No charges have been filed against Pedro Sierra-Pozos who was arrested the same day.
A bench warrant is issued by a judge in these cases to allow law enforcement to arrest a defendant who has broken a court rule (often, as in this case, they have failed to appear.)