Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release: 

Due to several reported vehicle burglaries recently on Scenic Dr., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies have increased patrols in the Westhaven area.

Lucas Lee Hawthorne

Today, Feb. 9, 2018, at about 11:25 a.m., a deputy patrolling Scenic Dr. observed a Black Ford F250 with expired tags near Luffenholtz Beach County Park.

Upon approaching the vehicle, the deputy observed several prescription medication bottles without labels and an expandable metal baton inside.

The two occupants of the truck were detained. While searching the vehicle, deputies located over 3 grams of methamphetamine, over 3 grams of heroin, oxycodone pills and other drug paraphernalia.

Lucas Lee Hawthorne, 33, of McKinleyville, was arrested on the following charges: possession of a billy club, possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, possession of narcotics and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The second occupant of the vehicle was released at the scene.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding related criminal activity in the Westhaven area is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.