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Community complaints initiate Southern Humboldt Maximum Enforcement Operation

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GARBERVILLE- The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is cracking down on rampant drug activity. Over the last two days, eight have been arrested associated with narcotic sales.

The arrests were part of a maximum enforcement operation. Ten officers with the drug task force and sheriff's office took part. Fredrick Hoss,  John Armstrong, Cari Barker, and Kelly Winters were arrested at the Lone Pine Motel in Garberville after officers found one pound of marijuana, two ounces of suspected methamphetamine and $70,000 in cash.

A juvenile was present at the time and taken into child welfare services protective custody. Hoss is being charged with possession of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a crime, and child endangerment. The drug task force is also requesting an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of sales. John Armstrong, Cari Barker, and Kelly Winters were booked for possession of marijuana for sales and conspiracy to commit a crime. 

Meanwhile, outside the Johnston Motel officers located a loaded Glock .40 caliber handgun suspected heroin and other drug paraphernalia on Bruce Findlay he was booked for being in possession of a concealed firearm, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of ammunition, and probation violation.     

Hannah Hayne, Daniel Dobbs, and Scott Fowler were also arrested during the two day operation.

The sheriff's office says the recent sweep follows a Southern Humboldt town hall meeting about the issue and an increase in community complaints.


"It's whatever the need is for the county and right now the need is Garberville," Lt. Wayne Hanson with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office said. "The complaints are coming in more in Garberville than anywhere else in the county regarding blatant narcotics sales. We have a lot of anonymous citizens describing who the suspects are but when our agents went down there and our officers, it's more than just what's being told to us. It's rampant drug sales in downtown Garberville so we're going to be back."