Mendocino Sheriff’s Office Raids Pomo Tribe Marijuana Grow–Finds Honey Oil Lab, Processed Pounds

Press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:

mcsoSeveral months ago the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office began receiving information about a marijuana cultivation operation being established by the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Tribe in Ukiah, California.

Since that time personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office had numerous contacts with representatives from the tribe concerning why the operation was being established.

During those contacts it was determined the operation was utilizing open land located at 650 Pinoleville Road and a building at 2150 North State Street both being locations in Ukiah, California.

Several aerial over-flights of 650 Pinoleville Road were conducted within the last two months showing approximately 400 growing marijuana plants at that location.

On 09-18-2015 Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were called to 2150 North State Street due to the activation of a burglary alarm.

Upon arrival Deputies contacted several individuals who were transporting cut marijuana plants from 650 Pinoleville Road to the building.  These individuals identified themselves as being employed by the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Tribe.

On 09-22-2015 the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team obtained search warrants for 650 Pinoleville Road and 2150 North State Street.

Each search warrant was subsequently served and 382 growing marijuana plants were eradicated from 650 Pinoleville Road.  Investigators noticed several marijuana plants had already been harvested from the location.

During the search of the building at 2150 North State Street a sophisticated honey oil chemical extraction laboratory was discovered in addition to over 100 pounds of trimmed/processed marijuana.

No individuals were present at both locations when the search warrants were served and investigations are on-going at this time.

In 1953 Public Law 280 mandated a substantial transfer of jurisdiction from the federal government to the state level in California as to situations occurring on Indian Country.

As a result, The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is mandated to assume jurisdiction on Indian Country located in the unincorporated areas of Mendocino County and to enforce California state laws including those listed in the crime/incident section of this press release.



  • Awesome news. That’ll help keep the prices up.

  • Did I not read several months ago that native amercans could grow legally on tribal lands, if approved by the tribal council?

  • mandated by who to provide “law” enforcement? where do they grant themselves authority? just curious…

    • It is strange, I agree, considering it’s the job of the sheriff to stop overreach, ignore bad laws, and protect the constitution from tyranny. Instead, they seem to be assuming tyrannical duties. I don’t get it. I know, in the past, every attempt made to fight the tyranny, caused issues unwarranted. Maybe they caved?

      • Found understanding of this situation in Kym’s link above.
        It’s the same thing happening in our towns, cities & entire state. Whenever a “grant” is accepted, rights are signed away. Grants wouldn’t be needed if the county’s remained sovereign. Imagine all 58 counties being sovereign again.
        This is the issue: ““Each time a tribe agrees to accept federal funding, they also agree not to violate federal law,” said attorney Echo Hawk a member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma. “Engaging in the industry, which is a violation of the Federal Controlled Substance Act, could lead to a federal agency freezing funding to that tribe.”

  • Mendocino county is closed for cannabis business, the county makes money busting people, they will try oppress the members of their county as long as they can

  • States may not apply laws related to such matters as environmental control, land use, gambling, and licenses if those laws are part of a general state regulatory scheme. Public Law 280 gave states only law enforcement and civil judicial authority, not regulatory power. It also denied states power to legislate concerning certain matters, particularly property held in trust by the United States and federally guaranteed hunting, trapping, and fishing rights. The state cannot tax on the reservations. The United States Supreme Court has interpreted Public law 280 as a statute designed to open state courts to civil and criminal actions involving reservation Indians, not to subject reservations to the full range of state regulation. Finally, there are some matters so central to the very definition of the tribe, such as enrollment and certain domestic relations matters, that even state courts may be excluded from hearing such matters.
    Are municipal and county laws applicable under Public Law 280?
    Public law 280 may have rendered only statewide law applicable to reservation Indians, excluding municipal and county laws. There are some judicial decisions that reject the application of local law to Indian reservations under P.L. 280. The rationale that courts have used to justify excluding local laws is that Public Law 280 was not intended to deny tribes their basic governmental functions.
    Have any federal laws enacted after Public Law 280 reduced state authority on reservations?
    Certain federal statutes enacted after Public Law 280 have reduced the amount of jurisdiction available to states under the 1953 law, simultaneously increasing tribal sovereignty or federal power. In 1978, Congress enacted the Indian Child Welfare Act, which gives tribes exclusive jurisdiction over certain child custody proceedings involving Indian children. The act also regulates some other aspects of child custody. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 is another federal statute that supersedes or preempts P.L. 280. It makes enforcement of state gambling laws a federal rather than a state responsibility.

    • Maybe tribes should Impose a 10,000 dollar toll on any government cars on the res?
      Failure to pay would mean 50 years of labor or organ donation.
      Not sure when the war on natives will end, if ever.
      Window Rock should hold a gathering, and see if roads all over could be cut and tolls assessed.

  • This is reminder of why big business is not rushing into the marijuana game. I remember reading the Sheriff saying the scale of the operation would be illegal.

    • Funny how their Sheriff was pro grow when it involved a direct kickback to his department with his own corrupt licensing program.

  • Mendocino County Sheriff Allman has a 25 plant policy. He has made it clear. They will drive past 25 plants to chip up a 50 plant patch. In response many people have grown 25 BIG plants. People in Dos Rios are pulling off 13 pound averages. Many people get 10 pounds per plant. The sheriff leaves them alone. That’s 250 pounds. Why do you need more?! People want to complain and come up with stories about how it’s unfair…But if Humboldt did the same we wouldn’t have had mega-grows and now permitted acres that will end the small growers. Humboldt was the county that allowed huge gardens and really blew it for all mom n pops. I appreciate Allman’s efforts and his ability to see through the hypocrisy and false stories about it all being “medical”. Again- why do YOU need to grow more than 250 pounds in the full sun without police intimidation?

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