On Tuesday, June 13, 2017, at about 12:35 PM, detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a search warrant at 216 3rd Street, Eureka. The apartment building, commonly referred to as the “Heroin Hilton,” is owned by Floyd and Betty Squires and is part of the receivership action currently before Judge Dale Reinholtsen.
The warrant was served on an apartment occupied by 65-year-old Danny Herring and 78-year-old Clara Lurine Smoker after POP detectives received information Herring was continuing to deal heroin from the property.
During a subsequent search of the apartment, detectives located a small amount of heroin, drug use paraphernalia, and packaging material consistent with narcotics sales activity. Live firearm ammunition was also found. Based on information obtained during this ongoing investigation, Herring was also believed to be selling heroin to the homeless in the vicinity of the apartment building and nearby Saint Vincent De Paul Dining Facility.
Herring was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession of heroin for sale, maintaining a drug house, felon in possession of ammunition, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, and for committing a felony while out on bail. Herring’s bail was set at $50,000.00. Smoker was arrested for possession of heroin for sale, maintaining a drug house, and conspiracy to traffic narcotics.
Additionally, Herring had previously been arrested by a POP detective on 5/31/17 for possession of heroin for sale outside the same apartment.