71-Year-Old Allegedly Busted With Almost 1/2 Million Dollars and Over a Thousand Plants
This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and the individual described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 05-13-2015 at approximately 10:00 AM, Deputies from the County of Mendocino, Marijuana Eradication Team assisted by Agents from the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force served a search warrant on a residence on North Fork Drive, Comptche, CA. Located at the property was an indoor and outdoor marijuana operation, where over 1200 marijuana plants were being grown.
Officers developed information that the marijuana operation was being operated by Fredrick Soderlind [age 71 from Comptche.] Soderlind had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest, related to a previous cultivation of marijuana case. Officers located Soderlind as he was driving away from his residence. Soderlind was arrested and while officers were searching his vehicle Soderlind attempted to discard a car key that was in his possession. The officer retrieved the key and found that it unlocked an old car a short distance away. Located in the car was approx. $484,000 in US Currency. Located at Soderlind’s residence was an additional 25 marijuana plants.
Soderlind was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County jail on the listed charges. Soderlind was subsequently released from custody after posting $50,000 bail.