On June 15, 2023, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents and HCSO Deputies served a multi-location search warrant at the residences of Cody Ryan Wuillmier (age 31) located in 300 block of Garden Lane in Arcata and the 600 block of Highland Avenue in Eureka. After a multi-week investigation and several neighborhood complaints, the HCDTF believed Wuillmier was in possession of large quantities of narcotics and was in possession of several firearms. Wuillmier is a convicted felon, and he had multiple felony warrants out for his arrest.
Upon arrival at the residence on Garden Lane, Agents and Deputies searched the area. No subjects were located on scene. During a search of the property, Agents and Deputies located two stolen vehicles and a large amount of drug paraphernalia.
After the scene was processed on Garden Lane, HCDTF Agents responded to the 600 block of Highland Avenue in Eureka. While enroute to Highland Avenue, Agents received a tip that Wuillmier was currently staying at a residence in the 3000 block of Central Ave. in McKinleyville. HCDTF Agents responded to the area to surveil the residence.
Once in the area, Agents observed three male occupants in a truck leave the suspected residence and travel southbound on Central Avenue. Agents followed the vehicle into the city of Eureka where it stopped at a business in the 1400 block of 5th Street. Once the vehicle was stopped, Officers with the Eureka Police Department contacted the subjects inside the vehicle.
Wuillmier was located in the back seat of the vehicle. Wuillmier originally provided a false name to the Officers but was positively identified by a photograph and the Officers’ previous contacts with Wuillmier. Wuillmier was removed from that back seat and taken into custody without incident.
Sergeant Nantz with the Eureka Police Department and his K9 partner Bohdie conducted an “open-air sniff” around the outside of the vehicle. K9 Bohdie alerted near the rear passenger side of the vehicle, indicating firearms and/or narcotics may be inside. EPD Officers searched the back seat of the vehicle where Wuillmier was sitting and located a loaded .45 caliber revolver and approximately one ounce of methamphetamine.
Once Wuillmier was in custody, HCDTF Agents authored a search warrant for the residence in the 3000 block of Central Avenue in McKinleyville. HCDTF Agents and HCSO Deputies responded to the residence and served the search warrant. During a search of the residence Agents located a loaded, non-serialized, AR-15, that was equipped with a loaded high-capacity magazine.
Wuillmier was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for the following charges:
- 11370.1(A) - Possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm
- 29800(a)(1) PC - Felon in possession of a firearm
- 30605(a) PC - Possession of an assault weapon
- 25850(A) PC - Unlawful possession of firearm on person/vehicle
- 25400(A)(1) PC - Unlawful possession of concealed handgun on person/vehicle
- 12022.1(b) PC - Use of a firearm during the commission of a felony
- 4573.6 PC - Possession of narcotics in jail
- 30600(A) PC - Manufacturing an assault weapon
- 11377(A) HS - Possession of a controlled substance
- Warrant Arrest - Multiple Felony Warrants
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.