Fortuna man arrested for possession of MDMA shipped from the Netherlands

FORTUNA, Ca. (KIEM) – The Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a warrant on Tuesday after customs agents uncover packages of MDMA being shipped to Fortuna from the Netherlands.

Humboldt County Drug Task Force was assisted by the DEA, Home Land Security Investigators, and the Fortuna Police Department in their search of the property on the 16-hundred block of willow drive.

Agents detained four adults and five children under age four.

Officials say that agents located a quarter pound of MDMA (also known as ‘ecstasy’or ‘molly’) with a package of empty plastic capsules for packaging, equaling approximately 1,500 doses next to where two of the children were sleeping.

A 9 millimeter handgun is said to have been found in the garage alongside a loaded magazine.

 The suspect- 32-year-old Justin Dearwester is a convicted felon and not allowed to possess firearms.

The case is being forwarded to the D.A. and agents request that Dearwester is charged with possession of MDMA for sale, felon in possession of a firearm, and child endangerment.

Child welfare services has launched an investigation into the safety of the children.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.