[UPDATE 4/20 p.m.] First Raid of the Season?
We’ve received several reports of “sheriffs and a chipper” in northeastern Humboldt today. Is it a marijuana raid? Is it the fabled first kickoff to a long season of helicopters, law enforcement convoys, and tense, cryptic phone conversations between neighbors? We’re not sure. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says they are unable to provide information at this time.
What we can tell you is:
One reader told us of sighting twelve sheriff vehicles possibly with a chipper headed out Hwy 299 this morning before 8:30 a.m. Another said she had seen four sheriff vehicles and a chipper in the Orleans area out Hwy 96.
So we can’t absolutely confirm this is a marijuana raid. Or even that it is the first of the season. But, the reader that contacted us first stated, “Feels good to be the guy with the first tip to start this new season off.”
Should we start giving out pizzas for good tips? (Just joking, folks. As many sightings as we sometimes get, our pizza bill could break the budget fast.)
UPDATE 4/20 p.m.: According to a spokesperson for the Sheriff’s Office, “[W]e were not in Willow Creek, just travelling through to Orleans. We were serving a search warrant, and nothing was yielded.”