Monday, January 28, 2019

Task Force Finds 6 Pounds of Heroin in Bust

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2019 at 12:02 PM

click to enlarge Heroin and cash seized from Arcata's Warren Creek Road on Friday. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE
  • Humboldt County Drug Task Force
  • Heroin and cash seized from Arcata's Warren Creek Road on Friday.
The Humboldt County Drug Task Force is continuing its record string of heroin seizures.

click to enlarge Heroin seized in a bust Friday in Arcata. - HUMBOLDT COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE
  • Humboldt County Drug Task Force
  • Heroin seized in a bust Friday in Arcata.
The task force reported this morning that agents served a search warrant at a residence in the 500 block of Warren Creek Road in Arcata and located approximately 6 pounds of suspected heroin, as well as $6,000 in cash  believed to be the proceeds of drug sales.

At the scene, agents arrested Jorge Luis Valdez-Chavez, 28, of Sonora, Mexico, on suspicion of possessing and transporting a controlled substance for the purpose of sales, according to a press release.

Last year, the task force seized nearly 35 pounds of heroin, more than double the volume confiscated in the previous six years combined, with three busts made between August and November accounting for a third of the 2018 total.

The task force asks that anyone with information related to this investigation or other local narcotics activity call 444-8095.

See the full press release copied below.


MEDIA RELEASE

On January 25th, 2019, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Special Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, with the assistance of narcotic detection K9’s with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, served a search warrant at a residence located in the 500 block of Warren Creek Road, Arcata. Agents learned that Jorge Luis Valdez-Chavez (age 28 from Sonora, Mexico) was distributing multiple pounds of heroin in Humboldt County.

Upon arrival, agents contacted Valdez-Chavez in his driveway where he was detained without incident. Agents searched Valdez-Chavez’s residence and located approximately 6 pounds of suspected heroin. Agents also seized nearly $6,000 in US currency that is believed to be profits of narcotics sales. This currency will be held pending asset forfeiture proceedings.

Valdez-Chavez was subsequently transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession and transportation of controlled substances for the purpose of sales.

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 Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 707-268-2539.


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