Two From Humboldt Arrested at Marijuana Grow in Clearlake
Press release from the Clearlake Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty: :
On June 8th 2016, Clearlake Police Officers served search warrants on properties located on 2nd Avenue and 3rd Avenue in the City of Clearlake involved in the commercial cultivation of marijuana. The two grow sites were within fifty yards of each other, but are not believed to be connected. One location was in the 16500 block of 2nd Avenue. At that location, Officers seized 643 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. Some of the plants were near mature with large marijuana buds. There was no one located at this location however two canines were impounded by Clearlake Animal Control. A possible suspect later drove by this location and once he saw officers on scene, he sped away in an off road truck toward areas where the patrol cars were unable to follow. The suspect has not been identified, and the only description was a Hispanic male, between 25 and 30 years old, last seen driving north toward 3rd Avenue in a late model, lifted Chevy Silverado truck.
Officers also served a search warrant in the 16400 block of 3rd Avenue. At this location, three suspects identified as 56 year old Timothy Bones out of Humboldt, 19 year old Thomas Christie also out of Humboldt and 30 year old Redlands resident Ade Wijaya-Karre were arrested for cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, armed during the commission of a felony, and conspiracy. Both Christie and Wijaya-Karre admitted they were hired to trim marijuana. At this location, investigators seized 495 marijuana plants in various stages of growth along with drying marijuana and a thirty gallon container full of marijuana buds. In addition, a loaded handgun and a “billy club were also seized from this location. The three suspects were contacted in a motor home located on the property. An apparent sewer line from the motor home appeared as though it was draining into the ground. It did not appear there were any legal connections. Employees from Environmental Health were contacted; however a representative was unable to respond during the time officers were on scene. Code Enforcement was also requested to scene and will follow up with Environmental Health for possible additional charges.
Anyone with information regarding either of these grow sites is asked to Call Detective Cook at (707) 994 8251 ext 315.