Smell of Marijuana Leads to Multiple Arrests

This is a press release from the Redwood National and State Parks. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

marijuana 1 featureOn November 23, 2016 park rangers at Redwood National and State Parks were notified of a suspicious vehicle parked on Bald Hills Road. The vehicle was reported to be a white Chevrolet Van with Idaho plates and associated with large bags of marijuana. Park Rangers responded and quickly located a vehicle matching that description traveling westbound on Bald Hills Road. The rangers conducted a traffic stop on the van for expired registration and having only one functioning headlight. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Guy McCarty, 45, of Arcata, CA.

The rangers initiated an investigation after smelling the odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, rangers located approximately 8 pounds of marijuana in trash bags, a small amount of methamphetamine, a hypodermic needle, drug paraphernalia, and various items that appeared to be stolen property. Three additional passengers in the vehicle were detained and identified as Jessiman Botello, 29, of Willow Creek CA, William Nickols, 26, of Eureka, CA, and Misty Thoman, 28, of Orick, CA.  Preliminary interviews suggested that the group had collected the marijuana somewhere along Bald Hills Road either in Redwood National Park or on private property.

During the investigation, rangers were notified of a fifth individual walking along Bald Hills Road that was associated with the white Chevrolet van. Rangers responded and located an individual matching the description. The individual was detained and identified as Grady Longacre, 39, of Eureka, CA. During his detainment Longacre was found to be in possession of an expandable baton, in violation of his probation. Longacre was subsequently arrested.

Rangers later discovered that the marijuana and the property located in the van were possibly stolen from private property bordering the park. The Humboldt County Sherriff’s Department responded and is currently investigating the potential burglary allegations.

The rangers arrested and booked all five suspects at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. During the booking procedure it was discovered that Misty Thoman had initially provided a false name during the investigation and when identified as Misty Thoman it was discovered she had outstanding warrants out of Washington State.

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this incident or other crimes occurring in Redwood National and State Parks are urged to contact Park Ranger Steve Troy at 707-465-7751. Anyone wishing to report crimes in Redwoods National and State Parks anonymously can call the park at its crime tip line 707-465-7353.

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11 comments

  • The smell didn’t lead to arrests, someone contacting law enforcement lead to the arrests. The smell gave them cause to search. The title makes it seem like law enforcement smelled cannabis which started their investigation.

  • Marijuana, meth, crime,?

  • The thieves are the ones to blame. But it’s sloppy growers that attract them and make it profitable for them to do their thieving. So shouldn’t sloppy growers be blamed too?

  • Where do these people come from? Are they born here or do they come here with parents that taught them that drugs and money are what life is all about. Seems too few children are taught values and the sanctity of life anymore. There is so much more to life than money and being cool. I can only pray for their souls and hope they stay away from me and my loved ones!

    • Yeah isn’t it heartwarming to see the generational dope dealers. Passed on down to children with nothing to do but deal dope and low-class citizenship.

  • What a dumb ass pass due registertation one head liget deserves to get busted

  • Users are losers. Works the other way too! Welcome to Humboldt! See the guys who were arrested for STEALING THE TOYS while you’re in jail! Shame on them! And you for stealing nice folks’ dope…

  • It will be over soon. Trump might have added time but humboldt sucks for growing legal cannabis.

  • Concerned in Yurok Country

    We are all guilty of the good and bad parts about this teritory. The closer we get to knowing the culture from this yurok country and respecting it, the peolpe, and the land. Then the closer we get to coming together to solve the real problems that we are up against. For starters try hoplessness and disregard for the sacredness of our human family. And to those of us who were lucky enough to have parents that werent driving around with us as children in the back seat of a druged up theiving spree… Dont you think we should be able to show more compassion?

  • I knew jessiman Botello when he was six his mom and dad used to manage big Bend lodge at Legget years ago when he was just a young feller his mom was a bad crank stir and his dad was just as bad so sad this time the acorn didn’t fall too far from the tree I always wondered what happened to his little brother I couldn’t remember his name but he definitely had some issues when he was about two years old I Hopis doing better than his big brother Jesse

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