By Nicholas Grube
Triplicate staff writer
Greed helped the Del Norte County Sheriff's Office arrest two people in possession of nearly six ounces of methamphetamine over the weekend.
The amount of meth seized has a street value just under $5,000, according to law enforcement officials, and is the equivalent of 16,000 dosage units ¬Ė or the average amount of meth needed to get high.
"We were working with a police informant that gave us information that these people were greedy," Sgt. Steve Morris said of the two people who were arrested Friday night.
He said agents from the Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force set up a drug deal with 22-year-old Tiannah D. Simpson, of Eureka, and 25-year-old Dau Her, whose last known residence is in Eureka, at a Crescent City motel. Morris said the agents told Simpson and Her that they would pay $8,000 for about $6,000 worth of meth.
"They thought they could bring $6,000 worth of methamphetamine up here, thinking that they could make a quick $2,000," Morris said. "So we capitalized on their greed."
When Simpson and Her arrived at the motel, drug agents made a car stop and searched the vehicle. Inside they found 5.62 ounces of meth, two digital scales, packing for the drugs and a Pringles can with a false bottom, which was used to hide some of the meth.
The agents also seized $1,131 in cash from the duo along with the car used to transport the drugs from Eureka to Crescent City, a 1999 Honda Accord estimated at $7,000.
Both Simpson and Her were arrested on felony charges for possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and probation violations.
"It's like you're fishing for perch and you catch a barracuda," Morris said. "You get something much bigger than what you were looking for."