#parents | #teensvaping | Trial of Eureka Man Accused of Sex Trafficking Delayed Due to His Lawyer Being Arrested for Alleged Drugs and Weapons Trafficking | Lost Coast Outpost

The
much-delayed preliminary hearing for sex-trafficking suspect David
Anderson was postponed again today after Anderson’s lawyer,
arrested Tuesday as an alleged drug dealer, didn’t show up for
court.


This
morning Judge Christopher Wilson, after waiting in vain for attorney
Michael Philip Acosta to appear for the hearing, told Anderson he
would have to set another date.

Anderson.


Acosta,
49, was arrested Tuesday evening and posted bail Wednesday morning.


“Mr.
Anderson, have you had communication with your attorney?” Wilson
asked Anderson, who was dressed in an orange jumpsuit and in the jury
box with other inmates.


“No.”


“I
think he has other matters to deal with at this time,” the judge
said, diplomatically.


The
estimated two-day preliminary hearing was reset for Feb. 20.
“That
will give you time to contact your attorney,” Wilson told Anderson.
“We will make our best efforts to find Mr. Acosta and have him here
as well.”


Anderson
has been in jail since December 2018 and was represented by public
defenders until his family hired Acosta, a private attorney.
According to the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Acosta had been
under investigation for a full year before he and four other suspects
were arrested at his home on Cedar Street in Eureka.

Acosta.


“The
focus of the investigation including the suspected illegal narcotics
and firearms trafficking of Eureka resident (Acosta), the Drug Task
Force said in a news release. “This investigation included
dozens of citizen complaints regarding Acosta’s residence.”


As
the investigation proceeded, numerous people coming and going from
Acosta’s house were arrested “for a variety of criminal
offenses.”


Related
warrants were also served Tuesday at residences on Home Street and
Union Street and at storage units on Fern Street. Agents arrested
Richard Lee Haberman at the house on Home Street, where they found
almost a half-pound of heroin and “dozens of firearms.”
Among
the guns, one was determined to be stolen. Two were assault rifles
illegal in California.


In
addition to 41 firearms, agents seized methamphetamine, digital
scales, drug-packaging materials and “dozens of illegally possessed
prescription narcotics.”

Acosta’s
client Anderson, 48, is facing life in prison if convicted of all
charges. He has already been convicted once for sex-trafficking and
is now accused of raping, sodomizing and forcibly orally copulating a
16-year-old Eureka girl.


Anderson
also forced the teen to engage in “a commercial sex act,”
according to the complaint filed against him.


Deputy
District Attorney Stacey Eads is prosecuting the case.

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