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Humboldt County Drug Task Force press release:

On April 7th, 2021 agents with the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) made a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 39000 block of Highway 299 in Willow Creek.

Thomas Valdepena.

Agents had a search warrant for the driver, Thomas Valdepena (53 years old from San Bernardino). Agents have been investigating Valdepena for trafficking methamphetamine from southern California into Humboldt County.

During the service of the search warrant agents located 390 grams (over ¾ of a pound) of methamphetamine, 3 grams of heroin, a digital scale, and packaging inside of the vehicle.

The following charges have been forwarded to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for Valdepena: 

  • H&S 11378 Possession of methamphetamine for sale 
  • H&S 11379(a) Transportation of methamphetamine for sale 
  • H&S 11379(b) Transportation of methamphetamine across non-contiguous counties 
  • H&S 11350 Possession of controlled substance

Anyone with information related to this investigation or other narcotics related crimes are encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-267-9976.