UPDATE, 4:15 p.m.: Lt. George Cavinta tells the Outpost that 13 people were arrested in today’s sweep — eight in Eureka and five in Hoopa. They were arrested on a mix of federal, state and local charges, most or all of which stemmed from the longstanding federal investigation mentioned below. At least one and possibly more people were hit with illegal possession of weapons charges.
That’s about all the information available at the moment. More will be released tomorrow, Cavinta said.
The Drug Enforcement Administration will be serving several search and arrest warrants around Humboldt County today — mostly in Eureka and Hoopa — with the assistance of a number of other local and federal law enforcement agencies.
Lt. George Cavinta of the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, which will be assisting the feds in serving those warrants, told the Outpost this morning that today is the culmination of a year-and-a-half federal investigation into a drug trafficking organization based in Humboldt County.
Cavinta said that the DTF and the DEA have divided into two teams — one based at the Eureka Police Department and the other up in Hoopa. He declined to give many specifics about the investigation or the locations that will be raided, but said that a lot of information would be released at the end of the day.