Suspicious activity sends police to hotel room; drugs, paraphernalia, other evidence uncovered
Photo: Sean Oliver (L) and Tyler Huffman (R) — Santa Cruz PD
SANTA CRUZ // Two suspects were arrested on the evening of Friday, December 22nd, after suspicious activity drew police to their hotel room in the late hours of the night.
At around 11 o’clock that evening, Santa Cruz PD’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team arrived on the 600 block of Riverside Avenue to investigate reports of suspicious activity coming from a first-floor hotel room. When they arrived, they found a vehicle associated with the room and were able to identify one of the occupants as 32-year-old Sean Oliver of Santa Cruz, whom they were able to confirm as being on probation and thus subject to compliance checks.
Officers knocked on the door to the hotel room, to which the occupants responded by dead-bolting the door and refusing to allow officers inside.
That was when police, with the help of K-9 officer Luna, forced entry and arrested Oliver, as well as a second suspect — identified as 21-year-old Tyler Huffman.
Both are charged with “resisting, obstructing, and delaying a peace officer, and probation violation.”
Subsequent investigation revealed that Oliver and Huffman had methamphetamine, digital scales, and other paraphernalia, and had recently disposed of a large quantity of methamphetamine before officers entered the room.
They have since been booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail on numerous other charges, not the least of which include maintenance of a place where drugs are used and/or sold and possession of possibly stolen property with serial numbers removed.