CLEARLAKE OAKS — The service of a search warrant on Tuesday in Clearlake Oaks by the Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force resulted in two felony arrests, the seizure of more than a pound of methamphetamine, and the seizure of more than $1,900 for asset forfeiture.
Tuesday’s warrant service marked the first time in years that more than a pound of methamphetamine has been taken off the streets in a single seizure in Lake County, according to Capt. James Bauman, Lake County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) public information officer.
On March 11, task force members secured a search warrant for a home located on New Long Valley Road in the Spring Valley area of Clearlake Oaks.
On Tuesday afternoon at about 2:00 p.m., task force members served the warrant with the assistance of a Sheriff’s narcotics detection K-9 team.
Four suspects were located in different areas of the home and detained without incident. Those detained were Gerardo Castillo, 45, Tammi Ileine Duran, 46, Wendy Marie Yudnich, 42, and Travis Frank Yudnich, 18, all of Clearlake Oaks. Duran was found standing near a couch in the living room and Castillo was located in a kitchen. Wendy and Travis Yudnich were located in separate bedrooms.
Upon entering the home, narcotics detectives found a video surveillance system monitoring the property. Narcotics detectives also discovered they had interrupted a narcotics transaction in progress.
The couch Duran was standing near was searched and beneath one of the cushions, narcotics detectives located a plastic bag containing approximately one ounce of methamphetamine. A search of Duran’s purse and two make up cases found on the same couch revealed several other baggies containing methamphetamine, $400 and narcotics paraphernalia.
Narcotics detectives continued to search the home and located a plastic bucket concealed in a fireplace. An inspection of the bucket’s contents revealed a large plastic bag containing a full pound of methamphetamine and two smaller bags containing over an ounce each of methamphetamine. The bucket also contained a digital scale, cutting agents, smoking pipes and other evidence of controlled substance sales and use. In a master bedroom, narcotics detectives located narcotics paraphernalia, live shotgun ammunition and more than $1,500.
All four suspects were initially arrested and transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility.
Subsequent to booking, further investigation revealed that Castillo was in fact in the midst of selling an ounce of methamphetamine to Duran when narcotics detectives entered the home. Narcotics detectives also determined that Wendy and Johnny Yudnich were not directly involved in the sales transaction or the possession of methamphetamine and they were released with no pending charges.
Castillo was booked for possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of live ammunition. Castillo remains in the custody of the Sheriff with an enhanced bail of $150,000.
Duran was booked for possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of narcotics paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. The total amount of methamphetamine seized from Tuesday’s warrant service represents a minimum street value of $51,000. The $1,900 collected from the scene was seized for asset forfeiture as the suspected profit of narcotics trafficking.
The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force will continue its efforts to eradicate narcotics from the communities of Lake County and seize suspected profits from narcotics sales for asset forfeiture proceedings whenever possible.