The Humboldt Connection: Feds Investigate Two Louisiana Residents’ Ties to Local Marijuana, Murder and Money
A Louisiana man nicknamed “Hitler” and his wife have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a case involving possibly hundreds of pounds of marijuana from Humboldt County and murders in two states. Marcus Etienne and his wife Elizabeth Gobert are being held on charges of redistributing hydroponic marijuana from here through the Bay Area to Louisiana.
Attorneys for the prosecution are arguing,
This is no ordinary marijuana conspiracy case. As the Complaint describes, it is a multi-district marijuana conspiracy that resulted in the murders of two of the defendant’s co-conspirators. The evidence—some of which was shared with the Court during the defendant’s detention hearing—implicates the defendant in these homicides. …This man is being investigated for two homicides. The government does not believe that he is finished.
A phone associated with Etienne reportedly contains conversations with a person using a 707 area code regarding marijuana transactions. (For example: “Yo I found some in blue lake…will that work for you.”) The couple allegedly made repeated trips to Humboldt County carrying large amounts of cash.
The shooting death of a Louisiana man, Trince Thibodeaux, in Oakland was allegedly connected to an order from Etienne by a third man, Rodney Savoy. Savoy was later shot to death in Louisiana. Authorities are investigating what they believe is a connection between Etienne and these two homicides.
According to an article in the East Bay Times, the couple faces up to 40 years in prison.