Benbow Eradication Clears 7500 Plants, Says Sheriff’s Office
Yesterday’s marijuana eradication efforts near Benbow destroyed 7500 plants, said Lt. Wayne Hanson of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies joined forces with a CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) helicopter to conduct open field searches for marijuana which allows law enforcement to destroy plants that are not in a curtilage–land attached to a house. No search warrants are served in an open field search. No arrests were made.
As noted in an earlier post today,
the helicopter that is with his deputies and CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) is able to work in a five mile radius of [a] staging area.
“Draw a five mile circle around [the landing zone,] that’s where they could be,” he said.
The crew are removing any plants that are budding by hauling them out. Non-flowering marijuana plants are cut and left on the ground. This allows deputies to “remove a larger amount of marijuana in a short time,” Hanson explained. “Everyone wants the bud,” he said, so there is no reason to remove the non-flowering plants.
The deputies need to move quickly, he said, to destroy as many plants as possible. ‘It saves time…and sometimes it is precious when you only have five or six hours of blade time [helicopter availability.]”