Jul 28, 2016

Marijuana, heroin, counterfeit bills and body armor recovered in Union Street incident


On July 27, 2016, at about 12:25 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to a residence on the 1600 block of Union Street for the report of shots fired.  Multiple callers reported that a shot was fired and the suspect fled in a silver sedan.  

Upon arrival, it was determined that a shot was fired into the front porch after a verbal dispute and there were no injuries.  Officers set up a perimeter and called out the occupants from the house.  3 adults, 1 male and two females, and two children came out.  The male resident, Joshua Buchanan, 29 of Eureka, was found to be on searchable probation.

Officers and detectives conducted a search of the home and located three firearms, a small marijuana grow, a large amount of counterfeit bills, heroin, and body armor.  One of the three firearms, a loaded handgun, was confirmed stolen out of Arcata.  

Buchanan was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for, possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance, cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of concentrated cannabis.

Based on the investigation, it appears the suspect who shot into the ground is a roommate of Buchanan.  The suspect's identity is being held pending a warrant or arrest.  This incident is being investigated as a negligent discharge of a firearm.  


  1. Any information about the type of counterfeit bills? In the Sacramento downtown/midtown area there has been a wave of counterfeit $100s used at various restaurants and bars in the last couple of weeks. They appear to have been $1 & $5 bills "bleached", and then fake currency re-printed on top. It makes the "pen" check worthless.
    Info from a friend: "Bartenders and servers .... fake $100 bills are going around. Thoroughly check them. They look real upon glance but close examination there's total give aways. Water marks, no strips, and the blue and gold color changing symbols are glittered."
    Wondering if some "associates" of these people left the county, and made their way south...

    -signed: long time reader, first time commenter, former 3rd generation local now a "Humboldt ex-pat"...
    (Thanks for all the wonderful work that you do, John!)

  2. I only have the details in the press release.