Officials: Speeding stop nets drugs, illegal flare

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Offfice:

On 07-25-2014, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a deputy assigned to the City of Blue Lake, stopped a 1992 red Chevy pickup truck for speeding on Greenwood Road, Blue Lake. The truck yielded to the deputy at Blue Lake Casino Play Station. When the deputy contacted the driver, he identified himself as John Walter Wilson, 56 years old from McKinleyville. Wilson told the deputy he was on active State Parole. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Michael Paul Gulley, 54 years old, also from McKinleyville. The deputy learned from Sheriff's Office dispatch that Gulley was on probation with a search clause.

A California Highway Patrol Officer arrived and assisted the deputy with searching Wilson and Gulley. The deputy located approximately 9 grams of suspected methamphetamine and less than an ounce of marijuana in Wilson's possession. The deputy also located a red cylindrical item that was two inches in diameter and six inches long with an approximate three inch long fuse behind the drivers seat. The deputy contacted a Sheriff's Office Bomb technician and learned the item was a Firequick Flare. The flares are used by the fire service to start backfires and the sales of the flares are restricted to fire agencies. The flares shoot out sparks.

The deputy located drug paraphernalia consisting of glass smoking pipes in Gulley's possession. Wilson and Gulley were arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where they were booked. Wilson was booked on charges of possession of illicit drugs, possession of fireworks without a permit and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. He is being held without bail. Gulley was booked on charges of violation of probation and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bail was set at $5,000.00.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff's Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff's Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff's Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.