Eureka Police Department
Press Release
Eureka Police Department
604 C Street
Eureka, CA  95501

Phone:  (707) 441-4060
FAX:     (707) 441-4334


PRESS RELEASE #2012-0816
Subject :

EPD POP team serves warrants in Eureka and McKinleyville
Contact :Sgt Steve Watson    707-441-4060

On 8/16/12, at about 10:39 AM, detectives with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) served a search warrant at a small cottage on the 2900 block of California Street, Eureka. The warrant was obtained after the POP Unit received information the residents, Sarah Elizabeth Vickland (age 32) and Zackery Jacob Chapman (age 35), were selling heroin.

Vickland and Chapman were detained inside the cottage. During a subsequent search of the residence, investigators located and seized several grams of tar heroin, a small quantity of cocaine, around ¼ ounce of hash, a hidden stash container, and $8,794.00 cash (suspected illicit drug sales proceeds). Investigators also found further evidence indicative of heroin trafficking including numerous small baggies used for packaging controlled substances and records indicating drug sales activity. Additionally, investigators discovered an active video surveillance system with multiple cameras surrounding the exterior of the cottage.

Vickland and Chapman were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked for possession of heroin for sale, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of concentrated cannabis/hash. Chapman was also booked and held for violation of his parole.

At approximately 12:55 PM, POP investigators, assisted by officers and deputies from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, California Highway Patrol, and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, served the search warrant at a second related residence located on the 1100 block of Winchester Avenue in McKinleyville. During the investigation leading up to the issuance of the search warrant, investigators had learned Vickland also maintained a residence at this other location. Officers detained 3 adults in the home including Tyler Shane Goodwin (age 21) and Nathan Lee Mays (age 21).

During a search of the residence, investigators located further evidence of narcotics trafficking including numerous drug packaging materials, a digital gram scale, a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine and cutting agents (used to increase quantity/profits), several hidden stash containers (for concealing drugs and/or valuables), and records indicating drug sales activity. Investigators also seized an unloaded .22 caliber pistol which Goodwin claimed to have been carrying on his person when he first saw officers arrive (he said he hid it in a box when he saw officers approaching).

Two children, 4 and 13 years old, were also present in the home at the time the warrant was served (Vickland’s children). The children were released into the care of a grandparent pending a referral to Child Welfare Services.

Goodwin was arrested and transported to the county jail where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance for sale and on an outstanding misdemeanor bench warrant (alleging DUI).
Mays was arrested and transported to the county jail where he was booked on a felony arrest warrant alleging cultivation and sales of marijuana.

On 8/16/12, at about 11:00 PM, POP investigators returned to the cottage on the 2900 block of California Street to follow-up on a hunch based on evidence found at the Winchester Avenue search. Vickland had been released from jail within hours of her arrest and she was home. Vickland was just leaving the cottage when investigators arrived at her door.

During a parole search of the cottage, investigators located another hidden container in which they found nearly one ounce of crystal methamphetamine, a couple more grams of tar heroin, and a digital gram scale. These items were seized as evidence and an additional charge against Vickland of possession of methamphetamine for sale will be requested.

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call the Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373 or the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095. Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding criminal activity, including drug activity, is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line 707-268-2539.