Sunday, January 29, 2023

Fentanyl, Meth, Ghost Gun: Two Suspected Fort Bragg Drug Dealers Arrested After Traffic Stop and Subsequent Investigation

The following is a press release issued by the Fort Bragg Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:


On December 31, 2022 at approximately 8:00 AM, a Fort Bragg PD officer witnessed a vehicle fail to stop at two stop signs. After stopping the vehicle in the 300 block of N. Main St. and identifying the driver as Juba KENYON Jr, 44 years of Fort Bragg, the officer suspected he was driving under the influence of a stimulant. Further investigation resulted in the arrest of  KENYON for DUI/Drugs. 

While conducting an inventory of the vehicle, officers saw several packages of suspected methamphetamine. KENYON also had nearly $1,700 of various denominations in his pocket.  The car was towed to FBPD where officers sought search warrants for the vehicle and two addresses KENYON was known to reside at. 

Officers served the first search warrant in the 400 block of South Street. As they were arriving,  Nathan TUPPER, 28 years of Fort Bragg, preparing to leave the residence. He was detained while officers searched the house. Officers located 83.74 grams (2.95 ounces) of suspected methamphetamine, 381 grams (13.4 ounces) of marijuana, 9mm ammunition, and narcotics sales paraphernalia. TUPPER was subsequently arrested and booked into MCSO jail on the charge of  11378 H&S (Possession of Narcotics for Sale). His bail was set at $50,000. 

Officers then served the search warrant on the vehicle KENYON was driving. In it they located:  268.8 grams (9.48 ounces) of suspected methamphetamine, 165.44 grams (5.8 ounces) of suspected fentanyl, Suboxone strips, 220 pills of varied prescription medication (not  KENYON’s), a Glock 9mm (ghost gun), ammunition, digital scale, and narcotics packaging paraphernalia. 

A third search warrant at another address of KENYON’s was served and officers found 126  grams of marijuana (4.4 ounces), 7.62mm ammunition, and narcotics paraphernalia. 

Chief Neil Cervenka said, “While most Fort Bragg residents were preparing for a night of  celebration to bring in the New Year, Fort Bragg police officers were busy making it safer for them. This traffic stop ultimately resulted in the seizure of over ¾ pound of suspected  methamphetamine, over 1/3 pound of suspected fentanyl, several prescription pills, a ghost gun, and the arrest of two suspected drug dealers.” 

KENYON was booked into MCSO jail on the following charges: 11351 H&S (possession of  narcotic for sale), 11352(A) H&S (transportation of narcotics for sale), 11378 H&S (possession  of controlled substance for sale), 11379(A) H&S (transportation of controlled substance for sale),  30305(A)(1) PC (prohibited person owning ammunition), 11370.1(A) H&S (possession of 

firearm and controlled substance), 11364(A) H&S (possession of unlawful paraphernalia),  11359(B) HS (possession of marijuana for sale), 29800(A)(1) PC (felon or addict possessing  firearm), and 21510(B) PC (possession of switchblade on person). His bail was set at $250,000. 

While officers were authoring search warrants, KENYON’s phone received dozens of messages  from people wanting to purchase narcotics. Another search warrant for the phone was issued and  that information is pending. 

The Fort Bragg Police Department urges those that are dependent on dangerous drugs to seek help. There are many options available locally. If you have difficulty locating one for you or just taking that first step, please contact the FBPD Care Response Unit at (707) 961-2800 ext  107.  

Chief Cervenka said, “These dangerous drugs kill people and destroy lives – the lives of those addicted and the lives of their loved ones. We are ready to help you.” 

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Officer Frank of the Fort  Bragg Police Department at (707)961-2800 ext 139. 

This information is being released by Chief Neil Cervenka. All media inquiries should contact him at ncervenka@fortbragg.com. 

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3 COMMENTS

  1. And speaking of Ft. Bragg…

    💔 Duane Earl Lawrence-
    Still missing from Ft. Bragg, Ca.

    😥 Where are you Duane?!!!

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