BLM Once Again Releases Little Information on Marijuana Raid
Getting information on marijuana raids by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in our area is difficult for media outlets. Facts that the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and other law enforcement agencies usually release readily–plant count, reason the grow was targeted, environmental damage, photos from the site–are rarely released to the public.
Search BLM and marijuana in our files and in the files of the Lost Coast Outpost and you get a single page of results, almost always with information released by other law enforcement agencies. This is not for lack of trying on our part. We repeatedly request information. Usually with no response.
Yesterday we had a huge break through though. One BLM employee actually spoke to us. She said that she would try to get us information but, in the end, she was not allowed to answer any questions and a subsequent press release contained information that we had already published through gathering information from other sources in a previous article. There was only the additional information that the search warrant was served on private lands.
Here’s the press release:
Bureau of Land Management law enforcement agents and Humboldt County Sheriffs Office served a search warrant on private lands within the King Range National Conservation Area.
BLM agents and Humboldt County Sheriffs Office arrested Steven Lewis Conselvi for illegal cultivation of marijuana.
This is a result of an ongoing investigation.
The Bureau of Land Management continues to refuse to release information about arrests and raids on or near public land to the public. In order to provide this community with information, we will be reporting their raids in the future even if we have only a sentence of basic facts that we can confirm. Our articles on their raids may be skimpy but we believe that the public’s interest is not being served by withholding basic facts from the community especially now that marijuana laws and enforcement of the laws are in flux.