ATV Riding Suspect Rolls Over Warden and Into a Ravine, Says Fish and Wildlife; Suspect Hospitalized; Almost 4000 Marijuana Plants Eradicated
Wildlife Officers served a search warrant in South Humboldt on July 6th. The warrant was sought for a large commercial marijuana operation on timberland. Several greenhouse structures had recently been developed on forested land. Due to the location, Wardens anticipated environmental violations to Redwood Creek, a vital Coho Salmon stream. The previous property owner had applied for a Humboldt County Commercial Cannibis Cultivation Permit on 12/20/16, however the permit application was incomplete and inaccurate information was provided on the application. Assisting the Wardens with the…warrant were representatives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Cal-Fire, Humboldt County Code Enforcement, Humboldt County Environmental Health, Regional Water Quality Board, CA Department of Fish and Wildlife Environmental Scientists, and ICE.
When Wildlife Officers began to enter the associated property, an individual on an ATV encountered the officers. The subject tried to flee on the ATV. As the Wardens attempted to stop the subject on foot, the subject ran over one of the Wardens with the ATV causing minor injuries to the warden. The subject then rode his ATV off the road and down into a ravine causing injuries to himself and wrecking the ATV. Wardens quickly apprehended him. The subject was later taken to the hospital and was admitted due to his injuries. One other subject was arrested as he was watering marijuana plants. He was taken into custody without incident.
During the service of the warrant, Wardens and Environmental staff discovered numerous environmental violations. Due to the commercial operation and environmental violations, the Wardens eradicated the 3956 growing marijuana plants. The case will be filed with the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office.
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