Parolees Visited, Arrested – September 7, 2010

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

ARCATA – With the state budget crisis forcing early release of prisoners, it has fallen to local authorities to monitor and lessen the impacts on communities in which the freed prisoners reside.

On Wednesday, Sept. 1, officers from the Arcata Police Department’s Special Services Unit, assisted by Agents from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Eureka Parole Unit, conducted a parolee compliance check in the City of Arcata.

The residences of subjects on active CDCR Parole were visited by officers and agents to ensure the parolees were complying with the conditions of their parole.

As supervised parolees, areas within their control are subject to unannounced visits and searches without the need for a search warrant.

Of six parolees contacted, two-thirds were found to be in violation of the terms of their release. Four arrests were made for parole violations and warrants.

• Thirty-year-old Anthony Raya of Arcata was arrested for alleged possession of concentrated cannabis and parole violation.

• Thirty-one-year-old Seth Mallo of Arcata was arrested for alleged cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, maintaining a drug house and parole violation.

“It wasn’t a large grow,” said Detective Sgt. Todd Dokweiler. Nonetheless, several pounds of processed marijuana were located and seized. He said Mallo had no Prop 215 recommendations at the grow location.

• Twenty-year-old Vernon Johnson of Arcata was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

• Thirty-five-year-old Junior Ramirez of Eureka was arrested for alleged possession of concentrated cannabis and probation violation.

All of the suspects were placed on a parole hold and jailed. Their cases will be reviewed for a parole revocation hearing.

“This is something you’re going to see us do more of,” Dokweiler said.

He said that the alleged recidivists aren’t necessarily typical.

“Some of these folks are really trying to turn their lives around and they’re doing well in the community,” Dokweiler said.


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  1. malibu1369 said:

    Wow, I am so glad that these hardened violent (ly growing/using pot) parolees have been rounded up and are off the street to justify the 10.5 billion dollars CDCR spends on incarcerating these pot using criminals. Heavens. I feel so much safer now. My pot using, card carrying son feels so much safer. All the pot using, card carrying Humboldt State students feel so safer. All of the CDCR employees that smuggle pot and cell phones into Pelican Bay feel safer. Heavens. Thank god for California, the on time budget process, smart incarceration, honest politicians and a state with more prisoners than 85% of the countries in the world! Thank god for a state that spends more on prisons than education. A state where a third of those incarcerated are just like this little sample of parolees with minor violations that send them back to prison so I can gladly, yes happily, spend my tax dollars so incredibly wisely…

  2. kevpod said:

    A couple of points. First, these people agreed to abide by the terms of their parole. Second, in the instance of the illegal grow, there’s the chance that it may have been the next home invasion robbery, fire or even shooting, all of which have taken place at Arcata grows, so it can’t be credibly argued that it presented little to no risk to the community. Finally, parole checks sometimes do turn up worse offenses such as weapons and hard drugs. So just because any one batch of checks doesn’t locate these clear menaces doesn’t mean they won’t be found next time, or indicate that you should stop doing them.

  3. rob walker (fields landing) said:

    “Some of these folks are really trying to turn their lives around and they’re doing well in the community,” Dokweiler said.

    so leave it to enforcement to try to justify their salaries and our continued police-welfare by busting these people down. why not spend more time on violent crimes and thefts? it is ridiculous to keep the jails full when we cannot afford to keep paying for the housing/medical/boarding costs of people are of little to no risk to the community.

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