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Search warrant nets weed and cash-Update-Nov. 15, 2012 Featured

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  Update-Nov. 15, 2012- the original post follows the press release below.

According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Nov. 15, 2012:

On 11/15/12, at about 9:30 AM, POP investigators served a search warrant on a second residence associated with the suspects’ commercial marijuana growing operation.  This residence was also located on the 1600 block of ‘R’ Street near Hulcy’s house (the second property did not belong to Kevin James Hulcy).  During a search of the two-story residence, investigators found evidence of a large recently harvested and trimmed indoor marijuana growing operation.  A substantial section of the residence (3 rooms in the back) had been converted into a marijuana cultivation and processing space.  The grow appeared to have been for-profit in nature and was additionally out-of-compliance with Eureka’s Medical Cannabis Ordinance.  Investigators seized 15 firearms from the residence including rifles, shotguns, and pistols.  Investigators also located and seized approximately a ½ pound of processed marijuana bud believed to be packaged for sale in multiple bags.  Officers also observed a potential electrical fire hazard associated with the indoor marijuana growing operation due to unpermitted wiring etc.  PG&E was contacted to disconnect the electrical service to the residence.

Charges including unlawful marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, and maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully manufacturing, storing, or distributing a controlled substance are anticipated to be requested against the residents, who were not home at the time the warrant was served. 

At approximately 10:00 AM, POP investigators also conducted a related probation search at a residence on the 900 block of ‘N’ Street Eureka.  Travis Matthew Collins, age 28 of Eureka, was contacted and detained at the residence.  Collins was on felony formal probation for DUI.  During a search of Collins’ home pursuant to his probation status, investigators located a Winchester 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun and Remington 30-06 caliber semi-automatic rifle concealed under the mattress in his bedroom.  Investigators also found approximately 3 ounces of processed marijuana in his room.  Collins was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for probation violation and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

This is an on-going investigation and additional arrests may follow.  Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373 or the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095.  Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding criminal activity, including drug activity, is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.

The photos below show the weapons confiscated at the residences.


Photo of the indoor grow scene.


Original Post

According to a press release from the Eureka Police Department, dated Nov. 13, 2012:

On 11/13/12, at about 8:00 AM, investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Unit served a search warrant at a suspected marijuana sales house on the 1600 block of ‘R’ Street, Eureka.  The warrant was obtained after the POP Unit developed information the residents were involved in a for-profit marijuana cultivation operation.  Resident Kevin James Hulcy, age 30 of Eureka, was detained during a traffic stop away from the residence.  During a subsequent search of the residence, investigators located and seized approximately 24 pounds of processed marijuana bud packaged for sale in ½ pound and one pound bags, 5 firearms, $38,706.00 cash (suspected marijuana sales proceeds), and other evidence indicative of illegal, commercial marijuana cultivation. Investigators also found evidence of an earlier indoor marijuana grow in a detached garage behind the residence.  

Hulcy was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a space for unlawfully manufacturing, storing, or distributing a controlled substance.Additionally, similar charges are expected to be requested against a female resident (Hulcy’s girlfriend) who was not present at the time the search warrant was served.  During the course of this investigation, POP investigators also procured evidence identifying the location of a second (rural) property in the Dinsmore area associated with the suspects.  This information was relayed to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office’s Community Response Unit. That afternoon, Deputies, assisted by Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and a POP investigator, executed a search warrant at the property.  A large amount of processed marijuana was located there. 

The photo below shows suspect, Kevin James Hulcy:

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