8 pounds of meth found in spare tire during traffic stop near Carlotta

CARLOTTA, Calif. (KIEM) – From the Humboldt County Drug Task Force:


On June 27th, 2018, at about 6:30 P.M. Special Agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force with assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Eureka Police Department K-9, and a Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office K-9 conducted a traffic enforcement stop on 27-year-old Ezequiel Martinez-Hernandez in the area of Carlotta. Also in the vehicle was 27-year-old Juan Barraza-Hidalgo. Special Agents authored and executed a search warrant on the vehicle.

With the assistance of a narcotic detection K9, Special Agents located approximately 8 pounds of methamphetamine that was found in the spare tire on the bottom of the vehicle. Agents arrested Ezequiel Martinez-Hernandez and Juan Barraza-Hidalgo for possession for sale of methamphetamine, transportation and sales of methamphetamine.


Agents also served search warrants on residences connected to the subjects in the Eureka and Fortuna areas where they located indicia, digital scales and packaging materials.

Ezequiel Martinez-Hernandez and Juan Barraza-Hidalgo were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional facility where they were booked for the above listed charges.

This was a month-long investigation into methamphetamine sales in Humboldt County. Anyone with information related to this investigation or other narcotics related crimes are encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 707-268-2539.


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