Sheriff’s Office Releases More on Last Night’s U-Haul Full of Marijuana

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

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On Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at about 6:30 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a U-Haul truck near the 900 block of Redwood Dr. in Garberville. The U-Haul truck was observed traveling southbound in the northbound traffic lane and did not have headlights on.

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Deputies along with Officer’s from the California Highway Patrol, contacted three subjects. When deputies approached the truck they could smell as strong odor of marijuana emanating from it. The marijuana odor was stronger near the rear cargo door of the truck. Deputies contacted the driver of the vehicle, Jason Micah Hartman, age 44, and Hartman stated he thought there was furniture in the cargo area and he did not have a key to it because he did not load the truck. Deputies were then alerted by an anonymous citizen who stated that a passenger of the U-Haul had fled while the Deputy made his initial approach on the traffic stop. The Deputy’s view was obstructed and did not see the passenger flee. The citizen advised the Deputy that he recognized the passenger who fled as one of the fugitives listed on the Southern Humboldt’s Most Wanted Poster. Deputies were able to locate the passenger who fled, Jason Eugene Rice, age 44, who was seen walking away from a nearby business. Rice was subsequently arrested for felony warrants. Rice was found him to be in possession of marijuana and approximately 43.3 grams of suspected heroin. The second passenger had a cite and release warrant. He was cited and released from the scene.

Deputies cut the lock from the truck and upon inspection of the cargo area, deputies located hanging marijuana plants, dried marijuana buds, hash, mushrooms, materials for a hash lab, and miscellaneous manufacturing equipment. Due to the size of marijuana seized, two Deputies with the HCSO Drug Enforcement Unit responded to assist with evidence collection.

Jason Hartman was arrested for HS 11359 – Possession of Marijuana for Sale; HS11360(a) – Transportation/Sale of Marijuana; VC24252(a) – Maintenance of Lamps and Device; VC21460(a) – Improper turns over Double Line. His bail has been set at $25,000. Jason Rice was arrested for HS11357(c) – Possess Marijuana over 28.5 grams; HS11350(a) – Possess Narcotic Controlled Substance; HS11379(a) – Manufacture/Etc Controlled Substance; HS11360(a) – Transportation/Sale of Marijuana; HS11377(a) – Possession of a controlled substance; and his outstanding warrants. His bail has been set at $500,000.

201505420 truck_280x420_thumbThe Sheriff’s Office would like to thank community members who report suspicious behavior. This is a classic example of how assistance from the public can lead to positive changes. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


For more photos and details click on last night’s story here.



  • This one could take the over the top spot as the most amazingly stupid busts in Humboldt County history knocking out last years (or maybe two years ago) entry of the guy who was going trying to trade pounds for a trailer to guy on craigslist. Bravo boys! Never stop trying to be the best!

  • hahahaha REALLY !!!!!!!!

  • Me thinks these two avoided attending school. They missed part of the third grade, half of the fourth grade, 80% of the fifth, sixth and seventh grades, 99% of the eighth grade, but attended smoking in the bathroom with perfect attendance and finally all of high school before they were busted for shop lifting at a sewage plant. Two years later they were arrested for breaking into a Pota-potty. Hartman earned his driver’s license working at a kiddie ride at the carnival. Two years ago Rice sat on a railroad spike and since then he has never been able to close his eyes.

    • Why is it you and all the other[edit]s? You are clueless in what happened, about the people your talking about and your grammar. Man up and at least say who you really are if your going to run your mouths.

  • They definitely both look like Trump supporters.

  • Fabio,not.people just keep getting dumber and dumber.


    yee gads…..move on over cheech, let chong have the wheel… dibs on the movie rights…

  • About damn time they caught Rice, I have had enough of “Locals” complaining about the “Drug Problems” but yet they protect pieces of shit like this. I knew multiple people who didn’t want to give up Rice because he was an “allright guy” claiming that cartels are the ones distributing the hard drugs Give me a break. Now if we could only get the cops to do something about the the blaintent drug dealing by another local “Billy” out of the Lone Pine Motel. As well as the obvious drug dealing and use coming from above the Cadillac Wok and behind the Sherwood Forest. OldSchool you are correct this goes down with the Tooby hash trade by ” T Dog” even funnier is that they ran around in the same crowd.

    • So, you know all these people, places, and goings on how might I ask? I’m sure you were at one time part of “that crowd” but have been ousted due to your deliberate lying and shit talking. Now, you hide behind a screen name yet list other peoples names and your opinion of what they are doing…? Hhmmm. How bad does your neck hurt from talking out it all the time? This “Billy” you speak of has a family and none of them deserve your sh*t throwing. He’s a good man, father, and friend. He would do anything to help someone out if he can. I’m not going to list them all, I’m just saying before you go slandering a man and his family know who he truly is and wtf you’re talking about and be proud enough to tell us who you really are.
      Kristy Haight

  • Fastest growing industry in America? Legal Marijuana, coming to your town very soon….#1 crop in California and LEGAL in ALL west coast states, #FreedomForTheFew

    the west coast thanks you a trillion (dollar$), filling any order anytime

    27 states and the DOC allow marijuana but not 1 southern state, lol, nobody denies freedom like the south

    Deaths by alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by tobacco: Millions
    Deaths by guns: Millions
    Deaths by prescription drugs: Quadrupled in decade
    Deaths by marijuana: 0, EVER

    new studies on animals by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT claim marijuana kills some cancers and reduces the size of others…1000s of Cancer research centers sucking Billion$ and yet not 1 study with marijuana decades later, not 1…and you think they are trying to cure cancer?….#AmericanIdiots

  • Whats Sammy Hagar doing driving a U-Haul in Garberville?

  • Hey peg I hope all is well tell Tom hi this is mark olsen see you very soon

  • I can’t believe they were that stupid, or stoned the whole thing should be on ridley s believe it or not kudo to getting most the street

  • That one with the hair looks like Hillary Clinton. except nicer.

  • sharpen your pencil

    Let’s just say these two are definitely not smarter than a fifth grader. Wrong lane…. no headlights… uhaul full of drying weed…. you really can’t fix stupid. Exhibit a and b.

  • Rice is the thief of Blocksburg. Hangs out with the tweekers from the burned down tweeker shacks.

  • Thank u

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