12,500 Plants Eradicated in Yesterday’s Southern Humboldt Raids
Yesterday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and a CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) helicopter and crew eradicated 12,500 marijuana plants in the Salmon Creek, Bear Butte, and Wood Ranch areas, said Lt. Wayne Hanson.
“They left even more than that in the ground we didn’t have time to get,” Hanson explained. They conducted open field searches. There were no arrests.
The crew sat up base on the river bar near Miranda and some members of the team flew to the marijuana gardens and some stayed at the river bar. “Usually [the CAMP crew] is about eight guys,” Hanson explained. “One guy is the fuel guy. Another guy deals with helicopter safety. One deals with nets and ropes. Then four or five hit the field” with the deputies.
The helicopter is expensive so the crews try to be organized about how they use “blade time.”
“A CAMP helicopter costs about $1000 per hour,” Hanson explained. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office plans the day and the CAMP crew helps them carry out the plans.