Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

A collaborative effort by Crescent City Police and Del Norte Sheriff’s personnel has taken about four ounces of heroin off the streets of Del Norte County.

“That’s a lot of heroin,” said Undersheriff Bill Steven.

Sheriff’s detectives had been investigating the local trafficking of heroin and had determined a possible suspect, Steven said. At about 10 p.m. on Oct. 11, Crescent City Police Officer Anthony Lopez spotted a car associated with that suspect at a local gas station. However, the suspect abandoned the car and left the area.

“Lopez deployed K-9 Kai on a vehicle after it had been left by the suspect at a local gas station,” said a Sheriff’s Department social media posting. “K-9 Kai alerted to the presence of narcotics and a search warrant was later obtained by the Sheriff’s Office Investigation Unit.”

A search of the car netted more than three ounces of heroin and “several grams of methamphetamine,” according to the sheriff’s post.

Still footage of the subject was obtained from the station’s security cameras and distributed on Facebook.

Steven said the post worked and social media users were able to identify the suspect as Steven Reed, 39, of Crescent City.

At a second traffic stop on Nov. 17 at about 7 p.m., Lopez pulled a car over in north Crescent City and made contact with the driver and passenger. Minsal said the driver, Reed, was on active probation and had a no bail warrant for his arrest.

Steven noted that Reed was on probation for selling heroin. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of paraphernalia. Reed currently remains in Del Norte County Jail without bail.

A passenger, Kendal Sanders, was also charged for possession of a controlled substance before being released.

K9 Kai was deployed into the car and found another 27 grams of heroin, Minsal said.

Steven said about $3,000 in suspected drug transaction money was also seized.

Steven said a typical arrest for heroin possession yields one to two grams. He said a gram of heroin currently sells for around $100 per gram. There are about 28 grams in an ounce, making the total estimated value of the heroin about $11,200.

Both cars associated with Reed were impounded.

Steven and Minsal said it was a collaborative effort by the two departments. Minsal added K9 Kai played a critical role in the investigation.

Reach Tony Reed at treed@triplicate.com

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