Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Hoopa Man Arrested for Alleged Fentanyl Sale Tied to Woman's Fatal Overdose

Posted By on Tue, Dec 21, 2021 at 11:07 AM

Yesterday, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Hoopa resident James Charles Williamson II on suspicion of manslaughter, possession of fentanyl for sale and transportation of fentanyl for sale after the Humboldt County Drug Task Force launched an investigation into the fatal overdose of a Weitchpec woman in November.

According to the press release, on Nov. 8, HCSO responded to a call of a woman found dead in her Weitchpec home with evidence pointing to a fentanyl overdose. A toxicology report later confirmed the cause of death.

In its investigation, the task force reported finding evidence identifying Williamson as the suspect who sold fentanyl to the Weitchpec woman. The task force wrote three search warrants for Williamson, who had four other active arrest warrants in the county, and arrested him without incident. During the arrest, agents found more evidence allegedly connecting Williamson to the fentanyl overdose investigation.

Anyone with information related to this investigation or other narcotics-related crimes is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 267-9976.

Read the full press release below.


On November 8th, 2021, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) responded to a residence in Weitchpec for the report of a 46-year-old female found deceased inside her home. Evidence located on scene led deputies to believe the cause of death was a fentanyl overdose. In late November the toxicology results returned and confirmed the cause of death as a fentanyl overdose. The Humboldt County Drug Task Force was contacted and initiated an investigation into the source of fentanyl.

The HCDTF wrote three search warrants as part of this investigation and obtained evidence identifying James Charles Williamson II (30 years old from Hoopa) as the suspect who sold fentanyl to the decedent prior to the overdose. Williamson already had four active arrest warrants in Humboldt County.

On December 20th, 2021, HCDTF with the assistance of the HCSO served a search warrant at Williamson’s residence in the 100 block of Boozer Ln. in Hoopa. Agents located Williamson hiding inside a closet in the back of the house. Williamson was arrested without incident. Agents located additional evidence connecting Williamson to the fentanyl overdose investigation.

Williamson was transported to the Humboldt County Jail where he was booked for his four warrants as well as the following charges:

• 192 PC Manslaughter
• 11351 H&S Possession of fentanyl for sale
• 11352 H&S Transportation of fentanyl for sale

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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