On Feb. 15, 2023, at about 11:40 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies on patrol in the Eureka area conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation on Startare Drive.
Upon stopping the vehicle, deputies contacted two occupants. The driver, 25-year-old Christian Eric Yerkins, was found to have multiple warrants for his arrest. Additionally, deputies observed drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle in plain view. During a search of the vehicle, deputies located over 20 grams of methamphetamine, approximately 1.8 grams of suspected fentanyl and drug paraphernalia.
Yerkins was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of a controlled substance (HS 11377(a)) and possession of drug paraphernalia (HS 11364(a)), in addition to warrant charges of attempted auto theft (PC 664/10851(a)) and possession of a stolen vehicle/equipment (PC 496d(a)).
The passenger of the vehicle was released at the scene.
Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
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Christian Eric Yerkins Booking Photo | Humboldt County Correctional Facility