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3 arrested at Fortuna Motel after Drug Task Force finds methamphetamine and heroin

3 arrested at Fortuna Motel after...

FORTUNA, Calif. - Three people were arrested on Thursday in Fortuna after the Humboldt County Task Force found over 100 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 32 grams of heroin. 

Humboldt County Drug Task Force special agents were able to secure a search warrant for John Lyman, 49, and his girlfriend, Octobreona Hof, 20, according to investigators. The search warrant was for sales of controlled substances and included their residence located at a motel in the 800 block of Main Street in Fortuna. 

Special agents learned John was going to meet with a possible narcotic supplier on June 8. Special agents, with help of a Humboldt County District Attorney's Office Investigator, watched Lyman leave his motel room and entered a car driven by Manuel Mejia- Jimenez, according to officials. 

Officials said a traffic stop was made on the car and Mejia-Jimenez and Lyman were detained while the district attorney investigator and his narcotics K-9 conducted a search. The search revealed 130 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 32 grams of heroin, according to detectives. 

Lyman was arrested for possession of a narcotic for sale, possession of a controlled substance for sale, maintaining a residence for the purposes of narcotic distribution and violation of probation.

Mejia- Jimenez was arrested for transportation of a controlled substance and transportation of a narcotic.

Officials said Lyman's girlfriend, Octobreona Hof, was located in their motel room and detained by special agents. They found scales, packaging materials, and other items associated with the use and sales of controlled substances. Hof was arrested for possession of a narcotic for sale, maintaining a residence for the purposes of narcotics distribution and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.

This investigation is ongoing and future arrests are anticipated. Anyone with information related to this investigation or other narcotics related crimes are encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 707-268-2539.


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