Booking photo of Smoker not available at time of press release.
EPD Press Release:
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.
Previous EPD press release:
On 05/31/17, at about 1:45 PM, a detective with the Eureka Police Department’s plainclothes
Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) was looking for a wanted felony warrant suspect he’d just
observed in the vicinity of 3rd and C Streets, Eureka. When the detective entered the common
hallway of a nearby apartment building located on the 200 block of 3rd Street, he saw 65-year old
Eureka resident Danny Herring sitting in chair. He was familiar with Herring from prior law
Herring was openly smoking from a methamphetamine pipe, which he unsuccessfully tried to
conceal from the detective in a nearby trashcan. After retrieving the pipe, the detective detained
and searched Herring for additional contraband. Inside Herring’s pockets, the detective located a
small quantity of methamphetamine, a plastic bag containing over one ounce of black tar heroin,
and 4 smaller bindles of heroin individually packaged for sale.
Herron was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was
booked for possession of heroin for sale. (Herring was not the warrant suspect the detective was