Drug Task Force raids downtown Arcata business, homes, siezes drugs and guns

Humboldt County Drug Task Force

ARCATA – On Tuesday, March 19 the Humboldt County Drug Task Force (HCDTF) served multiple search warrants in the City of Arcata. 

During a year-long investigation, HCDTF established probable cause to believe that Karlton Morris Peterson, 37, Anthony Osmond Peterson, 36, and Lloyd Albert Wolfe Jr., 34,  were distributing cocaine, illegally possessed pharmaceuticals and other illicit drugs from their business, The Emporium, located at 1073 H St., Arcata.

At about 1:55 p.m., HCDTF special agents, with the assistance of officers from the Arcata Police Department, Eureka Police Department and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, served a total of four search warrants in the City of Arcata. 

In addition to the aforementioned business, search warrants were served at residences located on the 500 block of G Street, 1000 block of H Street and 2700 block of L.K. Wood Boulevard.

At these locations agents seized multiple ounces of cocaine, MDMA, prescription narcotics, psilocybin mushrooms and several illegally possessed firearms. It is believed this business was a “one stop shop” for purchasing illegal narcotics. Upon entering The Emporium, agents contacted and arrested Lloyd Albert Wolfe Jr., and booked him into Humboldt County Correctional Facility (HCCF) on suspicion of  possession of a controlled substance for sales, possession of controlled substances while armed, possession of firearm silencer and possession of an assault rifle

At the G Street location, agents contacted and arrested Jonathan Israel Celestine, 34. Celestine was booked into the HCCF on suspicion of possession of controlled substances for sales.

On Wednesday, March 20,  Anthony Osmond Peterson contacted the HCDTF and surrendered himself to agents. He was transported to the HCCF and booked on the above listed charges.

Agents have been unable to locate Karlton Morris Peterson and a Ramey Warrant for the same charges has been issued for his arrest. The HCDTF is asking for the public’s assistance in locating Peterson, who should be considered armed and dangerous. Peterson is described as a black male adult, 5’11”, 225 pounds.

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 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at (707) 268-2539.



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