Press release from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force:
On September 20th, 2023, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents, and Officers with the Fortuna Police Department (FoPD) served a multi-location search warrant at a residence located in the 1000 block of Ivy Lane, Fortuna, a residence located in the 1000 block of Shamrock Drive in Fortuna, and on the persons of Aaron Allen ROBERTSON (Age 30) and Heather Danielle SPECHT (Age 29). After a multi-week investigation, the HCDTF believed ROBERTSON and SPECHT were in possession of large quantities of cocaine and multiple firearms for the purpose of sales.
HCDTF Agents and FoPD Officers responded to both residences on Ivy Lane and Shamrock Drive. Upon their arrival at the Shamrock Drive residence, ROBERTSON and SPECHT were observed exiting the residence and entering a vehicle that was parked in front of the structure. Agents surrounded ROBERTSON and SPECHT and they were detained without incident.
After ROBERTSON and SPECHT were detained, Agents searched their vehicle and located approximately 8 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, and packaging materials.
Agents continued on to search the residence that ROBERTSON and SPECHT were observed to be exiting. Agents located a large safe in the garage. After gaining access to the safe, Agents located four firearms including a functional 9mm “Uzi” sub-machinegun. Agents also located a box containing multiple plastic baggies, including one large vacuum sealed bag that had been opened. All of the packaging was covered in cocaine residue and accompanied by large bowls and mixing utensils.
Agents responded to the additional property on Ivy Lane that was also under the control of ROBERTSON and SPECHT. Agents searched the Ivy Lane residence and located five additional firearms and ammunition.
ROBERTSON and SPECHT were transported to the Humboldt County Jail where they were booked for the following charges:
- 11351 HS Possession of narcotics for the purpose of sales.
- 11352 HS Trafficking Narcotics.
- 11370.1 HS Possession of a firearm while possessing narcotics.
The HCDTF will also be seeking the additional charges of 30605 PC, possession of an assault weapon and 33215 PC, possession of a short-barreled rifle on both ROBERTSON and SPECHT.
After ROBERTSON and SPECHT were transported to jail, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents, and Officers with the Fortuna Police Department served an additional warrant at a residence located in the 3000 block of Smith Lane in Fortuna, and on the person Malik Amador CERVANTES-CUELLAR (Age 30). During the multi-week investigation, Agents were able to identify CERVANTES-CUELLAR as an associate of ROBERTSON and SPECHT. The HCDTF believed CERVANTES-CUELLAR was also in possession of large quantities of cocaine and multiple firearms for the purpose of sales.
Upon arrival at the residence on Smith Lane, Agents located CERVANTES-CUELLAR, Johnathan Charles ROBERTS (age 26), and Taylor Franklyn MILLER (age 25) inside of the residence. All three subjects were detained without incident.
During a search of the residence Agents located 25 firearms including several assault weapons. Agents also located hundreds of rounds of ammunition, several high-capacity magazines, multiple vests equipped with body armor, packaging materials, and a digital scale with cocaine residue.
After interviews and the investigation, Agents were able to determine that the assault weapons located in the residence belonged to ROBERTS and CERVANTES-CUELLAR. ROBERTS and CERVANTES-CUELLAR were placed under arrest and MILLER was released from the scene.
ROBERTS and CERVANTES-CUELLAR were transported to the Humboldt County Jail where they were booked for the following charges:
- 30605 PC Possession of an assault weapon
- 32310 PC Possession of a high-capacity magazine
As CERVANTES-CUELLAR was being booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, Correctional Deputies located a small baggie containing 1 gram of cocaine, concealed on his person. The small baggie was consistent with the packaging materials that were located at CERVANTES-CUELLAR’s residence. The HCDTF will be requesting an additional charge of 11370.1 HS, possession of a firearm while possessing narcotics, on CERVANTES-CUELLAR.
Anyone with information related to this investigation or other narcotics related crimes are encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-267-9976.