Humboldt County Drug Task Force press release:

On February 27th, 2024, Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) Agents with assistance from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO), served a search warrant on Maximo ESPITIA (63 years old from Eureka). HCDTF Agents observed ESPITIA travel from Humboldt County to Modesto, California. Upon ESPITIA’s return to Humboldt County, Agents conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle. HCSO Deputy McKenzie and his K9 partner Rex conducted an open-air sniff on the vehicle. K9 Rex alerted to the vehicle indicating drugs were present.  

Inside the vehicle, Agents located Maximo ESPITIA and over two and a half pounds of methamphetamine.

Maximo ESPITIA was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked on the following charges:

  • HS11378- Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • HS11379(A)- Transportation of a Controlled Substances for Sales
  • HS11379(B)- Transportation of a Controlled Substance through Non-Contiguous Counties 

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