[ UPDATE 5:54 p.m. on Saturday] Three Native American Males Sought in Armed Robbery on Bald Hills Road

Breaking NewsJust before 4 p.m., a man in Arcata called law enforcement stating that he had been informed by one of his workers that his marijuana grow on Bald Hills Road was being robbed. According to scanner traffic, the man stated that he had “20-30 workers” on the farm.

Later, according to the dispatcher, the grower received word that the robbers were three Native American males wearing bulletproof vests and carrying firearms. The suspects reportedly stole two of the vehicles on the farm–a white GMC truck with a shell and a black Explorer. One of the vehicles was attached to a trailer which contained marijuana. The vehicles were last seen headed westbound on Bald Hills Road towards Orick.

Below is the officers’ safety BOLO that went out over the scanner.


UPDATE 5:54 p.m. on Saturday:
A new BOLO that went out described the incident in slightly more detail. The white pickup is a 2001 Chevrolet lifted with a Burning Man’s sticker and the black 1996 Ford Explorer with Washington plates. There was also a van. Note: this update had an earlier piece that we didn’t manage to catch on tape. The BOLO also indicates that there was only one Native American seen and he had tattoos.

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62 comments

  • It always invites crime. Not worth it !!!!

  • IS THERE NO JUSTICE, FULLY ARMED THIEVES MAKING OFF WITH MOTOR VECHICLES AN CANNIBUS.

  • Go ahead put the Jeannie back in the bottle now.

  • Must be stressful being a mega grower [edit]. Boo hoo😂🤣😂

    • Only [edit]. is you putting someone down over weed…. Try attacking meth and heroine dealers and makers….

      • You’ll be in for a big surprise if you attack a heroine. If it’s supergirl she’d kick your butt… and maybe interfere with her efforts to rid the world of pharmaceutical grade heroin concentrates.

  • Don’t grow so much then.

  • 20 or30 workers fucking really! Fuck him.

  • No doubt there not even a real local resident,so tired of these out spiders coming up here and talking shit like tree huggers and such then turn around and totally do the opposite buying up land and destroying it and bring all the trimmigrents in ,and it goes on and on go back !

  • Ugghh!!!!

  • All these people just shit and piss in the woods. Or do you have permitted septic systems for all these fucking employees. This is where these big grows get disgusting human feces just flowing down the mountainside to the nearest stream. Mega grows should be ashamed of themselves you’re fucking pigs.

  • 20-30 people working up there? Yeah- you’re a mega-douche. I’m glad you got ripped. Glad nobody got hurt but obviously you were an obvious target. probably because you openly have a mega-scene with mega-trimmers and you think you are entitled to foolishly and openly do so. Ha Ha Ha!! Them natives up near Bald Hills are rough but they do keep people like you in check! Where was your security? We all know that country…

  • Hahahahaha!

  • Most farms have 20 people processing at times, that how the job gets done.

    These ass holes have been performing these armed robberies for the last 4 years up there, and off Baird rd from hoopa to redwood valley. They have been caught on game cams, ballistic body armor and assault rifles. Not a group to mess with, they have nothing to lose. A group of neighbors with photo evidence was told by sheriff office there was nothing they could do, and instructed to take care of it themselves, no joke. They steal everything, product, tools, generators, quads, trucks, appliances.. Res life is rough, grows are easy targets..

    • Yes. Many large grows use this many people at harvest. Trim crews from Spain, Italy, picked up by the grocery store, etc. And these are the large grow scenes that have ruined the scene for the rest of us who just wanted to live here, not being part of an industrial grow area. These size greed grows have destroyed our area, pushed us into a terrible corporate-based “legalization” and changed our area for the worse- socially, economically (witness the crash) and culturally. That’s why I cheer them getting ripped off! I wish these REAL locals would go all through Willow Creek area and rip the profits from all grows of this size. Something the sheriff refused to do. That would be justice!

      • The sheriff doesn’t protect the locals anymore, won’t do anything about the grows in our neighborhoods but do go after someone who ripped off the growers. This seems backwards to me.
        If the people going by my house are any example a lot of the growers and their employees have out of state plates. I think anyone applying for a grow permit needs a California driver’s license and they and their employees need to register their vehicles in California so they can pay the taxes like we do.

    • Why don’t they just lay down and die instead, like Whitey says? Can’t they take a hint after 500 years? Geez!

  • 20-30 workers that won’t get paid…hmmm

  • fuckwalterwhite.com

    Did he get his 10k per day notice paid off yet?

  • fuckwalterwhite.com

    Just scan the track-n-trace barcode…lol

  • No wonder the streams on the Rez are contaminated with e-coli, algae blooms are in the river, and the salmon is disappearing.

  • Aren`t “assault rifles” illegal in California? These men are committing a crime by possessing them. Oh, armed robbery, various levels of grand theft, potential murder are already crimes so I guess they`re not very concerned about gun laws. Truly amazing…….

    • Lost Croat Outburst

      You’ll note that there is no description of the firearms that would suggest “assault rifle.” None. It’s funny how people take off on flights of fantasy and imagination based on little information, but plenty of baseline mindset. Full-auto, “assault” rifles are not generally legal for civilians without an FFL and maybe not at all, now. Not a lawyer. AR originally stood for Armalite Rifle. A typical semi-auto “black rifle” is simply a more ergonomic, modern design compared to, say, a Remington or Browning auto-loader hunting rifle from days of yore. Of course, I decry these criminal acts.

      The weed industry still has a long way to go to equal the devasting watershed damage from decades of poorly regulated, liquidation logging, the last of which we suffered under the Hurwitz/Maxxam PL takeover. Employee benefits were ravaged along with the timberlands.

      Sorry, old-timers, but that’s the way it was.

  • Low Life Thieves are Pond Scum of the Earth no matter what their stealing.

  • I don’t feel bad at all. Nobody was hurt and all that land was native land and they went through genocide for mega growers like them polluting the land.. glad he got took for his and that no one was hurt in process!!

  • Jack Straw has it right again…big grows like that invite big problems..have any of you folks done the drive from Weitchpec to Orick on the B.H. road?? It’s the wild wild west

  • Bald Hills Has Always Been Hardcore

    Bald Hills has always been hardcore. Benn going on since the first growers. In So. Hum. u have the hippy/yuppy growers. Up North you have cowboys & Indians. It is the real wild west. Many of my friends in that area have sold their farms. Several got over $1M. Some Chinese people have scooping up land out there. Everyone that has a ganja farm out Bald Hills or Wichipec knows you have to have security. Even before prop 215 the people I knew growing out there had armed guards during harvest season. If u are going to play cowboys & Indians u better have security & be heavily armed. No cops are going to rescue you & for the most part you are on your own. The growers up North aren’t as organized as down south. In So.Hum if u get robbed u can call your neighbors & many times the thieves get caught before they make it to the highway. There is no local network of growers in Bald Hills to call for help. The Natives know the land & roads better and have better organization than the growers. Look at this way. If you aren’t ready to have a shoot out to protect your weed you should move from Bald Hills area. Only hardcore gun totting growers will survive the attacks & raids by the Indians(just like 1800’s). That said the guns may help you keep your weed, but they won’t protect you from the marijuana market collapse.

  • Bald Hills Has Always Been Hardcore

    The interesting thing is this is not new. This has literally been going on for Decades! No bullshit. I just remembered my friends in Bald Hills back in the 90’s had a very similar incident. This is likely a generational thing on the ranch. The old school grow thieves teaching their offspring the family profession. Just like u have people growing up as 2nd & 3rd generation growers you have 2nd & probably even 3rd generation marijuana thieves. It’s the wild wild wild west up here in northern Humboldt. Everyone trying to figure out how to survive. Unfortunately some grow up in thief families.

  • 20-30 people couldn’t take down 3 robbers..? Wha’t a joke!! Worthless humans living in the woods not able to defend themselves. Would of been funner to read about 3 bears that destroyed greenhouses and ate 2 Spanish, 4 British, and 5~6 others not even speaking English who knows from were’s! As to the grower/owner.. way to leave your life’s investments in the hands of others while you come to town to party or buy a trailer. Time for the community to stand up and start remove’n these little B****es and bring our land back into compliance with it’self!!! Leave Nor~Cal NOW, Go home.. don’t pass Go, Dont collect another dime!!

  • I hope they’re caught and locked away. That’s a lot of workers who were ripped off.
    Whether it’s a masked gunman stealing pot from a neighbor or a smiling politician stealing rights from the taxpayers, neither is acceptable.
    If all news blurbs said “product” instead of the literal name of the product, there would be less criminal activity.
    We need more “product” control!
    Somebody stole my “product”!
    If it weren’t for the “product” there’d be no crime!
    “I will abolish the product!, vote for me!”
    “I will save the product, vote for me!”.

    • The Democrats said they’d rid the country of poverty.
      The Republicans said they’d rid the country of big government.
      Odin said he’d rid the country of ice giants.
      Have you seen any ice giants?

      Vote Odin 2018.

  • So apparently none of you negative Nancy’s know that to grow now you have to pay out the ass for permits and so on…. A lot of the big growers grow for clinics and medical…. Get over yourselves and the know it all attitudes, just makes you look stupid and childish… Not everyone growing pot is bad and doing it wrong….

    • A lot of the big growers grow for clinics and medicinal Ha ha ha. Can’t wait for the track and trace system to kick in then you’ll see how full of shit that comment was

  • So how do you tell a Native American from a Mexican national or from the many Asian gangsters that grow on Bald Hills. You know the old adage, “We all look alike”.

  • meh who cares

  • Operation Yu-rob?

  • Am I correct that a marijuana grower isn`t allowed to have a firearm — even a permitted, legal grower? If a liquor store owner or a pharmacy owner can have a firearm, why is there some exception for marijuana growers? If I am correct in this, then this is more liberal California stupidity. A really good idea — hundreds of millions of dollars of high value material out in the hills and anyone of larcenous intent knows the owners are without defense. Really good idea, liberals.

    My prediction is we`re going to see much more of this and of course there is going to be an occasional murder or several. More regulations, more taxes and Joe and Susie grower out in the hills are going to be long gone. Hopefully, they`ve been wise enough to pay off their property; get out of debt and have some assets. In 3 to 5 years, marijuana growing is going to be entirely in the hands of corporations and those wealthy enough to invest $5 million or so.

    Eventually, the whole liberal program of high taxes, regulate everything, micromanage every aspect of life — and of course a huge dose of corruption thrown in — is going to end. The pendulum is going to swing back the other direction; likely it`s already started. I think it`s going to swing back a very long way and the liberals aren`t going to like it a bit. A lot of people aren`t going to like it No, they`re not going to like it at all…….

    • This isn’t a state law. It’s a federal law. Here’s what CalNormal says,

      25. Can I own or buy a gun if I use marijuana?
      The federal Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms sent letters to gun dealers in 2011 warning them they could not sell to known marijuana users. When buying a gun, question 11e on the ATF form asks, “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana?”

      Answering yes makes you ineligible to purchase; falsely answering no is in principle punishable as perjury. This should not affect current gun owners.

      On August 31, 2016 a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to this policy from a medical marijuana patient in Wilson v. Lynch. The opinion states: “Wilson could have amassed legal firearms before acquiring a registry card, and [federal statutes] and the Open Letter would not impede her right to keep her firearms or to use them to protect herself and her home. In addition, Wilson could acquire firearms and exercise her right to self-defense at any time by surrendering her registry card, thereby demonstrating to a firearms dealer that there is no reasonable cause to believe she is an unlawful drug user.”

      Although California law does not prohibit marijuana users from having guns, using a gun in connection with an offense such as cultivation or possession with sale can result in additional criminal charges. Users are advised to keep their guns in a location that is separate from their marijuana.

      • That puts a person in a bind. Is a Californian citizen a lawful or unlawful user of cannabis?

        • I would say a lawful user but the 9th Circuit Court doesn’t appear to agree.

          • Who trump’s whom? Until the 14th amendment there was no such thing as a citizen of the USA… prior to that we were citizen’s of our respective states… the distinction has never been addressed by the SCOTUS.

            U.S. Constitution
            Article VI

            “…This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, or which shall be made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land; and the judges in every state shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding…”

            Amendment 14
            Section 1
            “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

            • And, don’t forget the 10th amendment:

              “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

      • Cabin in the woods

        Anytime I’ve purchased a firearm from a dealer I’ve had to fill out the ‘DOJ’ questionnaire. This is definitely one of the red flag questions asked.

        Kym; you are the first person I’ve ever known to bring it up. Nice reporting, as usual.

        • Kym, thanks for researching this. The question on the form to purchase a weapon states , “Are you an unlawful user of, or addicted to, marijuana?”
          It does not ask if you are a grower. Unlawful or lawful. So all you have to do to be in compliance is follow the old rule, Don’t do what you deal.

  • Like this (Wa plates)

  • Or, like this.

  • When the devil yells, she cries More More More

    So sorry for all those that cannot eat their cake

  • So…the first article says the headed towards Orick, second article says they went towards Hoopa. Which way did they go?

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