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Press release from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force:

Since early February 2022 the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) had been investigating Christopher Battles, AKA: Christopher Newcomb (32 years old from Eureka), and his girlfriend, Karli Anagnost (30 years old from Eureka) for transportation and sales of fentanyl. As a result of their investigation agents received a search warrant for Battles, Anagnost, and their vehicle.

On Wednesday April 13th, 2022 HCDTF agents conducted surveillance on Battles and Anagnost as they travelled from Humboldt County to the Tenderloin District in San Francisco to purchase more fentanyl. On Thursday morning April 14th, 2022 HCDTF agents made a traffic stop on Battles and Anagnost as the entered Humboldt County on Highway 101. Both subjects were detained without incident.

HCDTF Agents conducted a search of the vehicle and located approx. 3 ounces of fentanyl, smaller quantities of methamphetamine and heroin, as well as a digital scale and packaging materials. Both suspects admitted to transporting fentanyl into Humboldt County for the purpose of sales. Both suspects were transported to the jail and booked for the following charges:

  • H&S 11351 Possession of fentanyl for sale

  • H&S 11352(b) Transportation of fentanyl across non-contiguous counties

  • H&S 11377 Possession of methamphetamine

  • PC 182 Conspiracy

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.