Left to right:Steven Paul Jessen Jr., Autumn Breit, and Gavin Lee Backues

Eureka Problem Oriented Policing press release:

On 12/15/14 at about 4:23 p.m., detectives from the Eureka Police Department Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) responded to the 200 block of 3rd Street after receiving complaints from patrol officers about a recent increase in call volume in the area.

Detectives made contact at several apartments and ultimately located an open window facing a parking lot. Detectives saw Gavin Lee Backues, 22 of Eureka in the window and determined that he was on active parole. A parole search was conducted in the apartment and Autumn Breit, 18 of Eureka and Steven Paul Jessen Jr., 26 of Eureka were also contacted inside.

A large amount of cash suspected to be from drug sales, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and stolen property were found inside the apartment. One bicycle has been confirmed stolen and a second is awaiting confirmation. Backues had 10 grams of heroin on his person.

It was evident based on the search that drug sales were being made through the window. Backues and Briet were arrested for being in possession of heroin for sale, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of stolen property. Jessen Jr. was arrested for out of county warrants for domestic abuse and child abuse.

POP detectives will be contacting the property owner to have the tenants evicted. Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity, or other nuisances occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373.