EPD Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of $40,000, Illegal Weapon



Press release from the Eureka Police Department:

On 5-4-2012 at about 1:10 am, an officer of the Eureka Police Department conducted a traffic enforcement stop at the 600 block of Broadway on a silver van for unsafe speed.

Upon contacting the driver, the officer observed several objective signs of the driver being under the influence. The driver, identified as Joshua James Mellinger (23 years old of Berkley, California), was evaluated and eventually taken into custody for driving under the influence.
As a result of an incident to arrest search, the officer located an illegal weapon concealed in the vehicle and also nearly $40,000 in cash. Based on the investigation, totality of the circumstances, and evidence, the cash was believed to be implements of illicit drug activities.
Mellinger was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility, where he was booked for driving under the influence and possession of an illegal weapon. He was being held on $50,000 bail, however Mellinger bailed out of jail later that day.  


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