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Sheriff's Office - Drug Task Force

Posted on: July 11, 2023

HCDTF locates homemade explosives, firearms and drugs at Arcata home


On July 10, 2023, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents and HCSO Deputies served a search warrant at the residence of Dusty Rucker (Age 42) located on 4000 block of Van Dyke Court in Arcata. After a multi-week investigation and several neighborhood complaints, the HCDTF believed Rucker was in possession of narcotics for the purpose of sales and in possession of several firearms. 

Upon arrival at the Rucker’s residence, Agents located and detained a Tamerra Schumacher (Age 43) inside the residence. Rucker was not present during the service of the search warrant. As Agents were processing the scene, Schumacher became verbally aggressive and started to physically resist. Agents were able to control Schumacher, place her in handcuffs, and secure her in the back of a patrol vehicle without further incident. 

Once the scene was secure, Deputy McKenzie and his K9 partner Rex assisted with the search of the residence. K9 Rex alerted to several locations inside the residence indicating narcotics and/or firearms were present. 

Agents searched the areas that K9 Rex had alerted to and located two semi-automatic 9mm handguns, multiple rounds of live ammunition, homemade explosives, ballistic body armor, ¼ ounce of fentanyl, 3 grams of methamphetamine, digital scales and a CA Exempt license plate belonging to a Humbolt County owned vehicle. 

After locating the explosive devices inside the residence, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team responded to the scene. HCSO EOD was able to safely remove the explosives from the residence. At the conclusion of the search warrant, HCSO EOD transported the explosives to a secure location where they were rendered safe.

Schumacher was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where she was booked for the following charges:

  • 11370.1(A)                    Possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm
  • PC 148(a)(1)                 Resisting, Delaying, Obstructing a Peace Officer

The HCDTF will be pursuing an Arrest Warrant for Rucker for the following charges: 

  • 29800(a)(1) PC            Prohibited person in possession of a firearm
  • 30305(A)(1) PC           Prohibited person in possession of ammunition
  • 11370.1(A)HS              Possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm
  • 11377(A) HS                 Possession of a controlled substance
  • 11350(A)                        Possession of narcotics

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.

Tamerra Schumacher Booking PhotoTamerra Schumacher Booking Photo | 
Humboldt County Correctional Facility
Dusty Rucker 2019 Booking PhotoDusty Rucker Archived Booking Photo |
Humboldt County Correctional Facility 2019
HCSO K9 with seized itemsHCSO K9 Rex with items seized during search warrant. 
explosive deviceHomemade explosives seized during search.

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