K-9 Officer Sniffs Out 1.5 Pounds of Heroin in 17-Year-Old’s Car, Says DTF

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Packages of heroin. [Photo provided by the DTF]

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


On August 28, 2018, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) Special Agents were conducting an investigation at a residence in the 5200 block of Cummings Road, Eureka. Agents previously received citizen complaints of suspected narcotics activity at this residence.

While HCDTF agents were on scene a vehicle approached the residence and parked in the driveway. The driver, a 17 year old juvenile, was contacted and detained pending further investigation.

An investigator with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, along with his narcotic detection K9 partner, was requested and responded to the scene. The K9 alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. Agents subsequently searched the vehicle and located a false compartment. Inside the false compartment agents located approximately 1.5 pounds of heroin packaged for sales.

The juvenile was placed under arrest and transported to Juvenile Hall. The juvenile was booked for possession of a controlled substance for sales, fabrication of a false compartment, and driving unlicensed.

Agents believe the juvenile was employed by a drug trafficking organization to deliver narcotics. If any suspect(s) are identified, child endangerment charges will be sought.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or other narcotics related crimes are encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office Tip Line at 707-268-2539.



  • It would be very helpful to know which school the juvenile attends, and who else is/was involved. The drug situation in Humboldt County schools is appalling, and parents and students should be notified when there has been criminal activity potentially connected with minors. I’m tired of finding out ‘after the fact’ that something occurred, and too often it’s from the kids, not the institution. Most of all, find and prosecute those who have ensnared the juvenile into heroin trafficking, and rehabilitate the juvenile. The statistics on heroin addiction are sobering.

    • 2nd day of school at 1:00. i’d guess this juvenile does not attend any school. Even so, they are probably making some good money without a high school education.

  • there is no cummings street and that photo is from an old article about the woman. google earth shows the location on Cummings road and it looks like every other tweaker compound in the area that’s been in the family for generations.

  • At first glance it sounds like some adult was using a minor as their mule. Not cool!!!

  • Kym,I do think local is right about the picture being wrong, if nothing else, I don’t remember any cummings rd place that has sidewalks and curbs.

    Ok. The picture’s already gone.

  • What in the hell is a 17 year old doing with that much heroin OMG

  • It seems the more they bust the more gets in and,it always still finds a way what’s so sad a child did it.

  • Imagine if drugs were legal? Kim would certainly be a little less busy. Seems like story after story about busts, whether cannabis, coke, meth, smack, PCP, mushrooms, pharmaceuticals, AND! Drugs will never be legal as long as there is money to be made off the penalties. Nancy was right: just say no to getting busted!

    • As is usual, some only consider the drug addict’s suffering at the hand of the law in making statement about the futility of making certain drugs illegal. As if only the addict was involved, not the next person they drag into their pit. A bit of thinking further might provide the reason the laws were created. There are always those who insist it was a race issue but those people always grasp anything to beat their drums. No, these laws were promulgated because they worked.

      The first western large scale drug law was the Pharmacy Act of 1868 in the UK- “After the legislation passed, the death rate caused by opium immediately fell from 6.4 per million population in 1868 to 4.5 in 1869. Deaths among children under five dropped from 20.5 per million population between 1863 and 1867, to 12.7 per million in 1871, and further declined to between 6 and 7 per million in the 1880s.”

      We don’t think in those terms anymore because making certain drugs illegal had success. Now, like vaccinations, people tend to forget what it was like prior to these laws and render judgement on the negative effects that remain after implementation of the law. No one, even places that have decriminalize drug use, have eliminated laws about manufacturing and selling drugs. Because these sorts of laws have done much more good than harm. No one should want to go back to the unregulated past. As has been repeated: those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.

      • The same enlightened British government that regulated opium in 1868 had been “regulating” opium worldwide by distributing it. Britain went to war twice to enforce opium addiction in China (1839 and 1856). Elsewhere they simply promoted, enforced and distributed opium without any constraints because they were the government. That the British government had “success” in regulating itself by criminalizing its citizens and changing its own actions is no great surprise and a rather weak proof that penalizing drug addicts is good public policy.
        Drug distribution and criminalization are both tools of imperial oppression. If you dig deeper you’ll find that the empire profits from both. Who brought cocaine into black inner city neighborhoods in the late 70’s and the 80’s to fuel the crack epidemic, since we all know that Crips and Bloods were not flying regularly to visit Bogota or the Panama Canal? Clue: A powerful (not black) American family with presidents among its members made immense profits flying “oil drilling equipment” to Columbia, and Central America.
        Although African American incarceration rates for marijuana crimes are much higher than the general population, what counties in California have had law enforcement agencies that target African Americans who grow marijuana? Clue: At least two out of three Emerald Triangle counties.
        Bonus research question: What worldwide chemical and drug giant made huge profits from declaring that its designer opiate was “non addictive” and selling it aggressively throughout northern Europe and the US? Clue: This hugely lucrative “opioid crisis” occurred in the 1890’s and early 1900’s and the corporation that sold the designer opioid is usually associated with aspirin not heroin.
        Extra Credit Question concerning those who repeat history: What are the differences between the deliberately misleading false claims of the late eighteen hundreds and those of the late 1900’s in terms of misery caused and profitability? Clue: None, there is no difference.

        • Grow up. The rest of the world is not living 50 years ago much less the 150 years ago as the examples you are so fond of writing about. The only reason to discuss history is to make sure that what is considered progress by most people is not lost by idiots not aware of it.

          With you it exactly the opposite. You ignore progress so consistantly to focus on what used to be wrong because the only thing you seem to be interested in is abusing the rest of humanity for not always being as perfect as you think you are. It’s never Americans shed slavery- hooray for them for getting better. But it’s always ” there once was slavery so you can’t ever think well of yourselves for overcoming anything. ” What a drag on positive change.

          • Might help your point if you didn’t tell someone to “grow up” first, she said mildly…

            • I think I provided a pretty extensive history lesson in response to someone’s saying that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.

              WARNING: The following material contains multiple historical references, some that are older than 50 years and others that are almost 50 years old. Those with sensitivity to complexity or more mature content should consult your physician before reading.

              As a young Republican, I watched President Richard Nixon deliver an important address on America’s drug problem. I thought then, as I do now, that America had a significant drug problem– actually, many drug problems woven together. I had read the research. At the time it indicated that robust treatment resources, and coordinated prevention mostly focused on strengthening alternatives and preventative mental health resources, combined with enforcement to contain black markets would be most effective. It wasn’t very effective but could, over time, tip the balance. I wasn’t a Nixon fan but often he would propose moderate, reasonable measures to smooth over his power hungry and McCarthyist tendencies. Instead, he barked out the phrase War on Drugs. I remember screaming to my mom in the kitchen, this (****) clown just declared war on the American people. At the time I could see the kind of misery and divisiveness that would result; a tearing apart of the country– which I saw as a community. If the point were to help those who were being harmed by their drug use, why would we declare war on them? I’ve watched it all be much worse than I imagined then, little rational discussion, wasted effort, divisiveness, wasted lives.

              In the 1990’s I had recently read a history of the promotion of Heroin as a non-addictive alternative to Morphine and Opium. The story was that in the 1890s Bayer Chemical had highly promoted this notion and actively sold Heroin to as wide a market as they could create. Some of their effort had been to offer an alternative to those already suffering addiction. Much of their effort went into expanding their market. The overdose deaths of two beautiful famous young people were sensationalized by the press and began an effort to counter the corporate lies. I had heard just a little snippet about this history in my 7th grade chemistry class and the importance of it struck me. The lie was that Heroin was non-addictive; the truth was that it was multiple times more addictive than morphine.
              When I heard the ads for oxycontin around 1995 I knew I was hearing history repeat itself. I told everybody I knew, the story of Heroin. I distributed an article that both questioned the current marketing hype (much less addictive, easier for physicians to manage) and retold the history of Heroin. I pleaded with friends and family to be careful with this drug.

              Simplistic fables about history are dangerous and lead to wrong conclusions. Cherry picking historic facts that support one side of an argument or ones prejudices is just another form of shouting that one is right. The constitution, the Christian Bible, the documents that underpin our system of land ownership, most of the chemistry and physics that drive our industrial economy — are at least a hundred years old. The theory of relativity is 103. Some of these ideas express progress of a certain kind, others not so much I think. However, any progress is complicated and only confirmed by our current efforts to apply what we’ve learned and to learn from both what works and what doesn’t.
              In the current environment I think it highly likely that the “progress” of regulation of cannabis will be stymied by the lack of clear vision and the corruption of the still foundational “war on drugs” and shortage of rational discussion (on any side of a highly charged argument). Highly motivated idealists from all perspectives may lead us to muddle into something better.

              • Thanks for the intelligent words. Just listened recently to the podcasts on the history of Abe Lincoln and Slavery, and also Native Americans. There’s lots of truth out there waiting for ears.

                • Really? You don’t think that B’s (new name not withstanding) pointing out that the infamous British support of opium in China is not world class cherry picking? Or that Bayer’s marketing of heroin in the 1890s has much bearing or whether dangerous drug use should be controlled once it is found dangerous. If course government makes mistakes. If course businesses like to promote by glossing over negatives. The point is what you do with the problems once they become clear.

                  And you think that the snide remark “Those with sensitivity to complexity or more mature content should consult your physician before reading” in any thing other that a much, much longer version of their usual one word personal insult?

                  If the vapid recitation of the mistakes made by government (or the usual villian of B’s comments -“white people”) through history truly has any useful point, why would government be acceptable to regulate civil rights, social welfare programs, environmental laws, etc? It’s just as nasty as usual with more dance steps.

                  Truly I expect no better from B but from you? I admit to not being party to the negotiations here but I can tell you that it will have to do much better to be a success.

                • I think that the statement isn’t perfect but I do think that when you start a comment by saying, “Grow up” your moral high ground got shakey. And, as with most insults, it generated more.

                  What B said that I agree with wholeheartedly is “If the point were to help those who were being harmed by their drug use, why would we declare war on them?” And that’s what we’ve done with our war on drugs. We incarcerate and punish addicts because we want to stop the horrible side effects of drug use. But, our punishments exacerbate the pain without stopping the problem.

                • My comment is that it is not all about addicts or the people they know. It’s about stopping harm before people become addicted. Truly the most rational solution would be to isolate addicts to they can’t cause the addiction of the next person. But we don’t do things like that. It only leads to abuse by the power hungry.

                  To say “why make war on those you want to help” deliberately misstates the goal. It was a War on Drugs, not a War on Addicts. Do you so love addicts that you would prefer they become addicts? That, which I sure offended you, is not one bit less a deliberate misstatement and not one whit less meant to be cruel.

                  So what can be done? First stop treating addiction like some sort of disease that strikes people against their will. It is fine to admire the person who overcomes their addiction but not to pretend it is other than that first choice that matters and where the fault lies. If that means trying to grab the drug from their hands before they indulge, then good. But too many people are unwilling to mean it. So it is left to the government which soon finds itself fighting not only the suppliers but the public that says don’t touch me and mine or enjoys the media fantasy that drugs are a necessary part of having an adult life. If 10% of the population falls because of something that didn’t need to exist, that is what sucks. Not saying that 10% is too much carnage.

                  Insults do generate insults. It certainly provoked me. Eventually. Maybe It is ok for you when it supports what wanted to be heard. But the endless assaults of race baiting is not going to do anything else anyway. However it approaches current popular thinking, it is destructive.

                • If the true goal were to help addicts rather than punish addiction, we wouldn’t be throwing addicts in jail, taking away what they are addicted to without providing some way to mitigate the pain, and providing assistance in recovery. That goes for alcohol addiction as well as drug addiction.

                  If making drugs illegal worked, we’d be done with them now after years of the war on drugs. Prohibition would have worked instead of sending a spiral of crime through the community.

                  It is all fine to say that if only the public would stop thinking drugs are a part of life, then all would be hunkydory. But the reality is that most people consume drugs–either alcohol, illegal or prescription. And we live in that world. Solutions that don’t take the public’s belief system into account are doomed to fail.

                • I have never in my life used a ONE WORD personal insult, at least not in writing. You have me confused with someone else.
                  I think there is a lot of complexity to most living systems and remarkably little complexity to most arguments about human communities and natural systems, especially political arguments. “War” has implications and Nixon’s speech and the subsequent actions of the last 50 years bore that meaning out. “The first casualty of war is Truth.”

                • I have doubts about my “smug privileged person baiting.” Its not about race its about arguments that ratify privilege and often condone violence towards those who are making poor choices in a position of disadvantage. As a recovering person of exceptional privilege I have a thing about those who still suffer from the afflictions of privilege.
                  I didn’t resign from my privileged positions out of virtue, I resigned out of necessity (I still have much of the privilege– its remarkable what cops and bureaucrats will do for you if you talk a certain way). The necessity was this, I was also a victim of unbearable abuse of three kinds. I needed my self awareness to have a chance of healing and without healing I was headed towards suicide or mass homicide. Privilege stands in the way of self awareness. It also stands in the way of sharing with people who are oppressed (I know, you live in a world where there are no oppressed people just those who have made bad choices). I needed all the help I could get. Some oppressed people knew far more about enduring suffering gracefully and healing than everyone I had ever encountered except a few enlightened artists and prophets. So I shared what I had (access) and got invaluable help and encouragement.
                  I know, you’re in a fight for your life and will ignore most of what I say except what you can argue with, as you have been so far. Much love.

  • Were gettin it with no lube

    Good by herb hello heroin,meth and cocaine

    • Yeah, right. It’s not like they are constantly found together or anything. Once the idea takes hold that a drug is so important to daily life, who is going to listen to you that this one is ok but that one is not?

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