DTF investigation leads to discovery of 2 pounds of suspected meth


COOKS VALLEY, Calif. - After a three month investigation, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Special Agents said they learned there was a car traveling to Humboldt County from the Bakersfield area, transporting a significant amount of methamphetamine, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office.

Agents secured a search warrant for a car and all of its occupants, according to investigators.

On March 17, at about 4:45 p.m., agents spotted the car traveling north on Highway 101 near Cooks Valley. Special Agents, with help from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, conducted a traffic stop on the car near Benbow Drive on Highway 101, according to investigators.

Agents identified the driver as Joseph Garner.

They identified the front passenger as James Johnson, 34.

The rear passenger and owner of the car was identified by agents as Kathy Ham, 49.

All three are from the Bakersfield area, according to investigators.

A Sheriff's Office narcotics detection K-9 was deployed and searched the car.

Deputies said the K-9 alerted them to the presence of narcotics in the trunk and under the passenger's seat of the car.

Agents located about 2 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, estimated at a street value of $14,000. They said they also discovered a .40 caliber semi-automatic pistol and other indication of sales, according to investigators.

As a result of this investigation, Ham as arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance.

Garner was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Johnson was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale.

All three were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

The investigation is ongoing. Deputies said future arrests are anticipated.

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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