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Posted on: November 15, 2023

HCDTF Arrests Two in Fortuna- Seizes Narcotics and Firearms


On November 13th, 2023, Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents, and Officers with the Fortuna Police Department (FoPD) served a multi-location search warrant at a hotel room located in the 800 block of Main Street in Fortuna, a residence in the 1000 block of Holly Lane in Fortuna and a storage unit in the 1000 block of Airport Road in Fortuna. Also listed on the search warrant were Richard Travis BAILEY (55 years old from Fortuna) and Karissa Charlotte HUSE (29 years old from Fortuna). BAILEY and HUSE had been identified by HCDTF Agents as trafficking narcotics throughout Humboldt County.


Upon their arrival at the hotel room, Agents located Karissa HUSE. HUSE was detained without incident. Agents searched the room and located approximately 3.1 grams of fentanyl, 1.8 grams of methamphetamine, 6.2 grams of heroin, and 240 grams of lactose (a cutting agent commonly used with fentanyl). Karissa HUSE Booking Photo


Agents then travelled to the 1000 block of Holly Lane where Richard BAILEY was located and detained without incident. Inside the residence, Agents located a methamphetamine pipe with methamphetamine residue on it, drug paraphernalia, and 34 firearms. Two of the firearms were stolen, four of the firearms were assault rifles banned under California law, and one firearm was non-serialized, aka: a “Ghost Gun”.Richard BAILEY Booking Photo 

Nothing of evidentiary value was located at the storage unit on Airport Road.


BAILEY and HUSE were transported to the Humboldt County Jail where they were booked for the following charges:




11370.1 HS                Possession of a firearm while possessing narcotics.

PC30605                    Possession of an assault weapon

PC33215                    Possession of a short-barreled rifle or shotgun 




            HS11351                    Possession of narcotics for the purpose of sales

            HS11366                    Operating/Maintaining a Drug House


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.

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