On Thursday, March 7 at approximately 9:40 p.m. the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and the Eureka Police Department arrested John Arthur Moreno, age 37, from Eureka for transporting over two pounds of crystal methamphetamine in his vehicle.
After an approximately two-month-long methamphetamine investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force they obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for Moreno’s vehicle and residence.
Moreno was located traveling southbound on Hwy. 101 near McKinleyville. Officers conducted a traffic stop and detained Moreno and his 21-year-old daughter, Amanda Brooke Cranston, who was driving.
Officers also served a search warrant at Moreno’s residence located in the 1800 block West Avenue where they located his 16-year-old son in the residence by himself.
When officers searched Moreno’s vehicle they located over two pounds of crystal methamphetamine that was concealed in a television in the rear of the vehicle. The street value of the methamphetamine is approximately $80,000 dollars.
When officers searched Moreno’s residence they seized 326 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 10 inches to 3 feet in height, three pounds of dried marijuana and a small amount of marijuana hash. Officers also found a butane hash lab in the house, one-half pound of Psilocin mushrooms and a loaded handgun.
During their investigation officers learned that Moreno’s 16-year-old son was making marijuana hash in the residence. Officers arrested him for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana and he was transported to Humboldt County Juvenile Hall.
John Moreno was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for possession for sales and transportation of methamphetamine, felony child endangerment, being armed in commission of a felony, and for the manufacturing of a butane hash lab. Moreno’s bail was set at $500,000.
Cranston was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for possession for sales and transportation of methamphetamine. Cranston’s bail was set at $75,000.
This investigation is being sent to Humboldt County Child Welfare Services.
This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.
1. John Arthur Moreno
2. Amanda Brooke Cranston