On Thursday, March 23, an anonymous tip led to the most substantial meth bust Trinity County has seen in recent years with law enforcement recovering approximately 10.5 grams of methamphetamine off of 20-year-old Ryan Lambert, an alleged local drug dealer.
Lambert entered a residence at 340 E. Caroline Street in Trinity to trade a portion of his meth for pistols – sawed off shotguns with barrels less than 18 inches in circumference. When the trade was underway, Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones and Trinity County Narcotics Deputy Alexander ambushed Lambert in what is known as a “buy arrest”, handcuffed him, and took him into custody.
Lambert is charged with first-degree felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance between 4 and 200 grams. A first-degree felony is the highest drug charge a person can receive, and can result in five to 99 years in prison. He was later charged with third-degree felony Prohibited Weapon and state jail felony Possession of a Controlled Substance less than one gram.
While Lambert was inside, his associate, 54-year-old Douglas Foster, sat in a vehicle outside the residence. As an accomplice to the crime, Foster was also charged with first-degree felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance between 4 and 200 grams, third-degree felony Prohibited Weapon, and state jail felony Possession of a Controlled Substance less than one gram.
During the course of the investigation, law enforcement learned that there was possibly drug paraphernalia at Foster’s residence in Trinity Cove where he and his son, Richard Douglas reside. Chief Jones said that he, Deputy Alexander, and Trinity County Sheriff Woody Wallace went to the location and located an illegal 12-gauge shotgun and drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamine. This discovery led to the arrest of 18-year-old Douglas who was charged with third-degree felony Prohibited Weapon and state jail felony Possession of a Controlled Substance. The sheriff’s office is in the process of seizing Foster’s land in Trinity Cove and his vehicle.
“Sheriff Wallace has always actively and aggressively pursued illegal drug users, and has been integral in creating an environment where local law enforcement agencies can team up and work together,” Chief Jones said. “Recently he has doubled his effort in minimizing the use of narcotics in this county. He has one deputy – Jeremy Alexander -- who is completely dedicated to narcotics investigations, and two K-9 units including Deputy Alexander. There have been several drug busts recently – lots of activity. We encourage anyone with information about illegal drug use to call us.”
Anyone with information about illegal activity in Trinity County can call the Trinity Police Department at (936)-594-2505, the Sheriff’s Office at (936)-642-1424, or leave an anonymous tip with Trinity County Crime Stoppers at (936)-639-TIPS.