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Two accused of burglary, drug, and weapons charges after Yreka traffic stop

Deputies reportedly found meth, heroin, and an handgun while searching a vehicle following a burglary call.

Posted: Jun 5, 2020 11:03 AM
Updated: Jun 5, 2020 12:22 PM

YREKA, Calif. — Deputies arrested two men on burglary, drug, and weapons charges following a reported break-in near Yreka on Sunday, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.

The agency said it received a report about the burglary just before 7 p.m., sending two officers to respond. On the way to the location of the burglary, one of the officers spotted a vehicle believed to be linked to the case. The deputies stopped the driver of that vehicle in Yreka.

During a search of the vehicle, the officers found most of the stolen property, more than 158 grams of methamphetamine, about 136 grams of heroin, and a loaded "Smith & Wesson automatic handgun" with a high-capacity magazine, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies arrested 38-year-old Kevin Harker of Yreka and 28-year-old Lawrence Velasquez of Santa Cruz. Both men were booked on charges for burglary, illegal drug possession, and unlawful firearms and magazine possession. A detective is now assisting with a follow-up investigation and SCSO says that more charges are likely to be added.

“This was a good arrest of two suspects wanted for burglary and theft, which are serious offenses under the law," said Sheriff Jon Lopey. "The seizure of ‘for-sale’ quantities of methamphetamine and heroin took a large number of dangerous drugs off the streets, including hundreds of single dosage amounts. The alert sergeant and deputy also took an illegally possessed firearm off the streets. More charges should be filed later.

"This arrest illustrates the serious challenges associated with a growing methamphetamine and opioid drug problem common in most communities in Siskiyou County. This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about his case is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.”

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