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On April 1, 2019, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies and Fish and Wildlife Wardens conducted foot patrols of several locations in the Garberville / Redway area known to be occupied by subjects illegally trespassing on private property.
During their patrol, deputies contacted several subjects who were advised that they were trespassing and needed to vacate the property. Subjects contacted were also connected with social services available to them through the County of Humboldt. Additionally, during their patrol, deputies observed several illegal trespass encampments with an abundance of solid waste, illegal water diversions, unpermitted multi-story structures, solid waste in waterways, oil contamination in local waterways from use of generators, in addition to drug paraphernalia and narcotics.
Deputies contacted two subjects with outstanding warrants for their arrest.
Christopher Jason Bartley, 40, was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a felony warrant for transportation / sale of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sales and violation of probation.
Kristie Ann Polton, 44, was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on a misdemeanor warrant for possession of a controlled substance and fresh charges of possession of a controlled substance, false identification to a peace officer and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Sheriff’s deputies are working with the property owners, community members and resource providers to arrange a clean-up of these encampments.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for their assistance with this patrol operation.
Community members are encouraged to continue reporting ongoing trespassing in your neighborhood by using the Sheriff’s Online Crime Tip Form (https://humboldtgov.org/FormCenter/Sheriffs-Office-7/Sheriffs-Crime-Tip-Form-114) or Crime Tip Hotline at (707) 268-2539.