Arcata Police Department press release:

On 11/02/2014 at about 9:20pm, an officer with the Arcata Police Department conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 1600 block of G Street, based upon the registered owner of the vehicle having a warrant for his arrest for brandishing a weapon and assault and battery. 

The officer confirmed that the driver of the vehicle was the registered owner, Arcata resident Billy Joe Rutherford (age 44).

During a search of Rutherford incident to his arrest, a small amount of methamphetamine in a plastic baggie was located in his pocket.  A search of his vehicle yielded over one ounce of methamphetamine packaged for sales, a glass methamphetamine pipe, approximately 5.5 ounces of concentrated cannabis and a large amount of cash monies.

The methamphetamine has an approximate street value of $1,250.

Billy Joe Rutherford was arrested on the following charges and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility:

  • H&S 11378 - Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales
  • H&S 11379 - Transportation of a Controlled Substance
  • H&S 11357(a) - Possession of Concentrated Cannabis
  • H&S 11364.1(a) - Possession of Paraphernalia