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On Tuesday, April 22, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a Humboldt County sheriff’s office deputy was patrolling in downtown Garberville when he saw Michael Lee Russell, age 27, a local transient. The deputy was aware Russell had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The deputy contacted Russell on the sidewalk in front of the Lone Pine Motel, where he arrested him. After placing Russell under arrest, the deputy asked him if he had any sharp items in his pockets before the deputy searched him. Russell told the deputy he had methamphetamine in his pocket.

The deputy located over five grams of methamphetamine, a scale and $100 in cash in Russell’s possession. Russell was transported to the Humboldt County correctional facility where he was booked on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession for sale of a controlled substance, along with the arrest warrant. His total bail was set at $80,000.

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Michael Lee Russell