[UPDATE 5:40 p.m] 800 Pounds of Freshly Harvested Marijuana Found by Hwy 36
Details are…er…hazy on why 800 pounds of freshly harvested marijuana ended up alongside Hwy 36. However, here’s what we’ve pieced together:
Yesterday afternoon about 4:45 p.m., the California Highway Patrol dispatch received a report of a grey truck hitting the guardrail and the embankment on Hwy 36 east of the Van Duzen Road. Though the truck fled the scene, dispatch passed on the report that the driver “dropped a load of marijuana and a bicycle into a ditch here.”
When CHP arrived in the area, according to Selena Zorrilla-Mendoza, a Community Service Officer with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, they discovered a large amount of freshly harvested marijuana—approximately 800 pounds worth… .
They also discovered, a few miles down the road, a tow truck removing a vehicle that fit that description of the truck. The vehicle had a broken tie rod and appeared to have recently been in a collision.
CHP requested the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office respond to the scene. Zorrilla-Mendoza said, “CHP called us to gather [the marijuana] from the side of the road.” The plant matter was over the side of an embankment, she said.
A man was located near the towed vehicle, she reported. “We found the suspect hiding in the brush and subsequently CHP arrested him,” she explained. “It looks like the person who was arrested is suspected of committing a marijuana robbery.”
According to the Humboldt County jail reports, George Daniels was arrested for felony possession of a firearm. Zorrilla-Mendoza confirmed that Daniels was a suspect in the investigation into the hit and run as well as for a possible marijuana robbery. Photos and more information are expected later.
Keep your eye on the post as we’ll be..uh..attempting to clear the air as soon as possible.
UPDATE 5:37p.m.: According to Sgt. Martin Abshire of the California Highway Patrol, yesterday afternoon his office received reports of a 2004 Chevy Pickup truck recklessly traveling eastbound on State Route 36.
Later, witnesses reported the vehicle collided with a guardrail near mile marker 26. Witnesses also said the vehicle was loaded with a large amount of marijuana which it dropped at the scene of the collision. CHP requested assistance from the Sheriff’s Office for the transportation and storage of the marijuana.
At that time, Abshire said, the driver’s identity was unknown.
“At about 8::09 p.m. on McClellan Road and State Route 36,” said Abshire, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP located 50 year old George Daniels of Eureka and the hit and run vehicle.
Daniels was detained and determined to be the driver responsible for the reckless driver reports and the collision. Daniels had in his possession a “modified assault rifle.”
Daniels was arrested on charges of hit and run, possession of a modified firearm, as well as cultivation and possession of marijuana.
“Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor,” said Abshire. While the the behavior of the suspect is consistent with theft, he said, there have been no reports of marijuana being taken in the area.