[UPDATE 11:53 a.m.] County Planning and Building Inspector Arrested for Taking Bribes From Marijuana Growers and Others

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Pat MctigueHumboldt County Planning and Building inspector was arrested Tuesday following an ongoing bribery investigation dating back to last year.

The investigation originated in November of 2017 when the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received complaints about County Inspector Patrick William Mctigue, 47, of Fortuna. The complaints alleged that Mctigue was receiving money from members of the public for expedited permit approval on building and grading projects. Multiple victims came forward to the Sheriff’s Office alleging that Mctigue had defrauded them. Mctigue is believed to have received over $100,000 from the victims.

On May 29, 2018, at about 2:15 p.m., sheriff’s deputies arrested Mctigue in the Old Town Eureka area on a felony warrant. Mctigue was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on the following charges: commercial bribery, grand theft and state official asking for or receiving a bribe.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

Though the press release doesn’t name the cannabis program, we are interviewing a grower who says he handed Mctigue thousands and will have a story up later today.

UPDATE 11:53 a.m.: According to the Sheriff’s Office, there were other businesses involved besides cannabis.

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173 comments

  • These guys working for fish and game should also be investigated too.

    • I will bet he is a democrat. This is what we get from them. Maxine Waters gave her daughter 100k of her election money. Hitlery Clinton and Harry Reed tried to get the Russians 20% of our uranium. That’s why they wanted the Bundy’s land claims, and killed one of them. All democrats. Wake up people.

      • No Bundy’s were killed by the government. LeVoy Finicum was, and that was in Oregon over a different, but not unrelated, land rights issue.

        http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2017/06/fbi_agent_indicted_accused_of.html

        • Finicum essentially committed suicide. He participated in an armed insurrection, then sped from the scene with a woman and child in the truck
          leading the cops on a chase to resist arrest, then stopped the car and got out with a firearm. Black people get killed for standing on their front porches with a phone.

      • Yeah… The [edit] are so squeaky clean, even as they “drain the swamp” by dumping in ever bigger swamp monsters.

      • Republican and Democrat career politicians are essentially the same. They have convinced many of us otherwise by taking opposing stances on a few divisive issues. It is one of the more effective deceptions of American history. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

        • 👍 yup. That’s the truth of it.

        • Hegelian dialectic.

        • You nailed it, it is a one party system. They act like they are fighting for their side because if we figured out they were all in it together we might revolt .That is why they keep the racial game going so the people stay divided, again because if we started talking we would figure out how screwed we are.

        • Yessir! It’s ONE party system called Imperialism infected into our country after the tea party, all Govt and politicians care about is keeping the system in place so they can become millionaires and billionaires through backdoor fraud theft and stealing. Joe Bidons son received $1Billion (BILLION) dollars a week after him and dad flew to China and set up even more sellout trade deals on the backs of the american middle class

      • Why does [edit] start the political nonsense when this guy needs to be in jail?

      • Stuber,

        “Hitlery Clinton and Harry Reed tried to get the Russians 20% of our uranium. ”

        Not true. No Uranium leaves the US under these conditions.
        Russians bought 20% for investment only. OK’d by agencies left right and center.

      • Triniboldticino

        LOL! “Wake up people.” As opposed to what? Mindlessly following what you’re fed from the great orange and his henchmen? You certainly don’t have a monopoly on self-righteousness without abject silliness decorating it.

    • Corruption. Noting new. Just like if comment about anything negative and the truth of Honeydew Farms Alex Moore, kym does not post it. We’re just calling like we see it. And is the guy that inspected Honeydew with Rex? Kym you were part of the culture now you have become a vulture. Your pass has been revoked. A lot of poeple agree.

      • Sigh, negative comments are all over the website including this post.

        As to the “truth” about anyone, the rules of this website (see here for the full list http://kymkemp.com/2018/05/20/commenting-rules-on-redheaded-blackbelt/ ) include “If there is significant evidence (for instance, being charged by law enforcement) that a crime occurred, I allow accusations of wrongdoing. However, please don’t accuse someone by name of a crime when there is no evidence readily available to a reasonable reader.”

        So, if you have any evidence, you are welcome to present it but you can’t just anonymously accuse someone of a crime without evidence on my website.

      • Callout, if you have facts, please share them.

  • If you see some of the projects that have been given permits, you would know someone is getting paid. I see the worse grows getting permits and it boggles my mind.

    • Not really boggaling. Money. Money makes everything happen. Money and more money. You can get away with murder if you have enough of it!

      • Bottom Trawler

        Yea like the utility district that ran over the guy on the motorcycle, whatever happened with tha?, or the manager that carries a gun threatens people and punched out an old man because he wanted his property?

        • Veteran's friend

          Remember the coroner who sold the dead guy’s corvette to the sheriff’s wife?
          Government employee=corruption

          • Then why do you want more government to take care of social problems? At least you dump on people as heartless when they don’t want government to get involved in things like benefits for the homeless. How do you resolve that?

  • I have bad experiences with planning too. The employees can do what they want and not be held to account. The staff in the office was always helpful. But the field inspectors had a habit of changing their reports after signing off but not telling the applicant they did. Then you find yourself up against deadlines when you thought everything was fine. And that was before pot was involved.

    I’m beginning to have a good feeling about theSheriff’s office.

  • If the allegations are true I hope all involved are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. To profit through corruption while many lose their livelihoods is despicable. We are certainly living in interesting times.

  • Is there any department in our county govt thats not corrupt???? The good ole boys club just won’t let go. I cant believe the sheriffs dept wasn’t punished after being found guilty of selling dead folks estate items to one another. You can only imagine what they do with everyone’s confiscated items and why they bust just to get valuable items not for actual crimes. Thats why so many cases dont get to trial. This new sheriff is big time into corruption.

    Hopefully someone at state/fed level are watching the fortuna pd and investigating the bribes to let human trafficking run rampant in fortuna.
    Why do you think theres no investigation into the young bulgarian womans death?
    Its way too dangerous for local advocates and journalists to attempt to investigate. Those traffickers by trade have no respect for life especially womens.

    • Jimmy Smith was a very honorable supervisor. I had a great deal of respect for him. I have watched public works employees work very hard too. And many try to do good work against the tide of carping self involved public complaining without understanding. It’s a mixed bag and such sweeping condemnations are as wrong as they are right.

      • There are bad apples in every barrell

      • So shooting porpoises with his rifle is ok? So agreeing with the Bonnie Neely and John Woolley ass-hats to take our property rights away during the general plan update is ok? Perhaps you should re-consider the term used. Mind you he was a “nice guy” Many bullies are very charming.

    • Yup. Sold possessions for cheap. I haven’t heard a word about it. Where is the CORVETTE?

    • Do you mean Dragana Šolaja who was killed in Fortuna on April 11 when you say that there is no investigation?

    • Dragana was killed this is for sure and there is still no information about the investigation. Toxicological findings are waiting for two months. Nobody was examined. No one knows her movement that night. Where are the cameras and footage. Where’s her phone? Why is it all so long?

  • Waiting to hear about Rex Bohn and especially his son in one of these…

  • Food for thought

    Local sheriffs also take things from properties and don’t list them in manifest. Someone needs to make a 20/20 show on the real corruption in humboldt county…

  • Every bit of this man’s work should be double checked. Anyone who paid bribes should be prosecuted too and be excluded from future participation in the legal cannabis system.

    • So true. It’s such a sad reality that is in every industry. I’m sure that more will come out.

      • Kristy,

        If we could just let go of, delete from our everyday common usage of, slave-speak words.

        “Its such a sad realty that it’s in every industry.” True enough!
        Key word ‘industry’ -with no agreed upon value.

        industrial disease
        military industrial complex
        medical pharmaceutical industry

        “Marijuana industry.” – gag.

        ‘Manufacture’ and industry, being one in the same as far as California real estate zoning law goes, ‘manufacture’, sorta, kinda, fits. Manufacture is closer to an automobile assembly line, parts from here and there.

        ~vowel before two consonants words, are no contract words. Stay away from no contract words.

        attorney
        industry
        ordinance

    • I agree; and what we need is either lower wages for the Supervisors to allow the employment of people to check or watch ALL County Employees. There has to be a way for the employees with this kind of power to be bonded for security purposes.

      We need to impose a better check and balance inventory system, or a program wherein public ombudsmen or veterans and /or volunteers can work along side them to keep them in check.

  • It would of been legal if he would of brought the money back to his department. Don’t steal the government hates competition

  • And what happened to the 3 million $ that was confiscated near Briceland? So many unanswered questions.

  • It appears that he was a state employee working for the county? Regardless there has been much going on in the Humboldt Co. court system from a civil department embezzling, a judge signing his own pay vochers, a pedophile employed for over 20 years and being hired by the county privately to perform his alter ego character for children, and questionable buying of deceased persons property by county employees. That’s just in the last 3 years.

  • DHSS has questionable practices but nobody knows enough to follow all the money to where it goes.

  • This guy should have used a Cooley law graduate for his meet and greets.

  • Pinch of Salt River

    I don’t think anyone is shocked by this. He seems to have angered someone who spoke up. Bad man!

    • Wat I got out of it is, he didn’t carry through on the “Favor” that was “purchased” so the intended recipient Narced on him!!! Another example of “Honesty in office from the Board of Stupidvisors & their collective appointees!!! Remember this next month vote all of the Stupidvisors up for reelection OUT!!!! Get some NEW hopefully honest blood on the Board of Supervisors who can actually supervise something besides their personal bottom line!!!

      • A building inspector is not an appointee

        • local observer

          no, but you only get these jobs if you are local and on the friends and family plan. he’s from Myers Flat. we need new young blood in every department. this is an example of the entitlement issue plaguing this county.

          • itsnotgonnachange

            Well the corruption is a fact …. Not too long ago a building inspector ssat in my landlords yard drinking beer at 3:30 pm while on duty. He was reported many times , No action has been taken nor will it . He was there for an ongoing nuisance issue I have been calling about for 3 years . Nothing has really ever happened even though it is her 3rd round of being under abatement orders.

          • How do you know he was from Myers Flat?

      • What….!!! I didn’t see that misspelled word until it was too late to correct it!!!

  • I had nothing but good experiences with Patrick when renovating our house. He was the only nice inspector I’ve come across in this county. I hope the allegations aren’t true.

  • The entire permit system in Humboldt and the major cities is a scam… Permits are supposed to be used to ensure safe construction that doesn’t cause undue harm to neighbors. Instead it’s being use entirely as a tax on home ownership. Most things are never inspected, but require very expensive permits, like roof replacements. That the individuals involved are themselves corrupt does not surprise anyone.

  • Cynicalhedonist

    This is just the tip of the iceberg. This is going on all over the state. I have heard of bribes being accepted from Mendocino to Monterey to Paso Robles and even conservative San Diego!
    Poor guy is just a patsy for every “state official” who is dealing out permits for cash. Its only going to get worse! This poor guy is .oo5% of people on the take fr this cash heavy, beaurcratic mess of legalization…
    Jus sayin…

    • How do you know if they are asking for a bribe, how long should a permit take.

      • If you are asked for money outside of the scheduled fees published by the Department, given to an individual, it should be clear. All moneys I ever gave out were done in the office. I do question if there are illicit relations (kickbacks) between demanded inspections and the private people doing them sometimes. Sometimes the reports are detailed and seem to be complete but some are amazingly sketchy. So much so that I wonder how a private person can get away with getting the planning department to accept it without money changing hands. No one in that position is going to screw up their permit by raising a question. You’re just glad to get over one more hurdle.

      • If you pay cash and there’s no receipt it’s not legitimate.

    • Poor Guy my dying A$$!!!!

  • Ahahahahahahahahahah! County already does it!

  • I wonder if he is SWAP eligible? maybe three years of this once a week will whip him into shape don’t forget your Gaterade.

  • How am I not surprise……the whole permit process is just a huge scam!

  • Nothing to see here. Move along ……

  • How is the county inspecter associated with the city inspectors,
    anybody know

    • There is no association between them. County and city departments are completely separate

    • They’re all in the same bed. They answer to the same Master. Mammon.

      Estelle’s first summer in office, thinking maybe she wasn’t too polluted yet, i talked with her Thursday mornings in Fortuna, from roughly June to the end of August. I asked questions i knew the answers to. Our last chat, my question was regarding a Bond for County elected officials, specifically the recorder. (I had a copy of Carolyn Crnich’s oath.) She looks at me and said, ” . . . my hands are tied.”

      The County Headwaters Fund is by-in-large funding the ‘archway’ in the City of Eureka’s Zoo.

      Neither have posted employees and salaries on Transparent California dot com.

      Last year’s county fiscal ‘audit’, took ten months and turned into “Financial Statements” from different auditors than the previous six years.
      Both in Roseville.

      Follow the money.

  • They should look into some of the consultants.
    If not illegal , definitely some questionable business practices.

  • We in Humboldt County have always taken pride in being considered “outlaws” and have always embraced an outlaw life style. Law enforcement should reflect the community, so kinda sounds like we shouldn’t be complaining.

  • Somebody like the FBI or something needs to investigate the sheriff because they steal confiscated money ALL THE TIME. I know of three first hand accounts of stealing big $$$$$$$$$. Do they pass it along to the sheriffs on the street or do the weed sheriffs get to keep whatever they steal? Some day there will be a sting and these slime are going to go down. Hopefully soon. Attorneys need to get together and have their clients rat out these cops. Tough thing to do but we as a society expect expect to be able to trust out cops.

    • Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas. With such a low standard of respect for the law pervasive in this county, no one should be surprised that officials are corrupted too.

    • Zippy,

      The Attorneys should exit first. Three million Americans are caged, primarily, due to deceptive BAR semantics. British Accreditation Registry. British, as in foreign jurisdiction. Foreign to the Supreme Law of the Land.

    • With a really good surveillance system connected to an offsite computer you could get videos of the thieving pigs stealing your cash. It could be used to prosecute them or worst case scenario the charges would get dropped and they would probably never come back to your place.

  • clearlake fool

    now go back and re-inspect all his work since he got the job and see how much is deemed illegal

    • Revoke all those permits he’s signed off on until the re- inspection is complete. Growers shouldn’t be allowed to participate in our legal market by bribing public officials.

      • The only smart comment on here. A person can’t be receiving bribes is someone isn’t paying bribes.

  • County Employee

    So the growers only complained once their illegal bribes didn’t net the results they wanted? Isn’t that also a crime?

    There are a lot of hard-working county employees who make a lot less money than our counterparts in any other California county, and we would never do this. It’s discouraging that all government employees are painted with the same brush when so many of us are in public service because we care about our community and we believe the work we do can make a difference.

    • Yes! So true!

    • We-e-e-lll. A person can believe in being honest, helpful and even in the importance of the job. I doubt whether any can claim that much altruism that they do the job to “make a difference.”
      Whatever that means. They do the job because it comes with a paycheck and benefits.

      What the people should get in return is reasonable integrity and a desire to help. Which is sometimes hard to maintain in the face of the utter stupidity that humans can dish out to each other. From above, below and outside. A lot of the public takes their own gun, shoots themselves in the foot then blames anyone else in the vicinity for their pain.

  • Public Private Partnerships will do it every time.

    It makes me wonder what Eureka’s Public Works service employees do when a private plumber decides to go to Eureka (he lives in Fortuna), first thing this morning and cancel an appointment i’ve had with him since early yesterday. $$$$$$

  • This sucks! I never ever get the good end of a deal, I would have paid good money to get my farm permitted illegally… apples and oranges again.

    Just kidding I don’t have a farm but still…

  • No doubt, the grower interviewed is going to be Tim, the same one who testified in the Goldberg trial. Pat is lucky he was arrested rather than killed, taking money from dangerous people to give himself a leg up.

  • I think the sheriff was over courteous by not arresting him at the office where he works.

    Make a scene, by all means. Show everyone at the office what’s up.

  • How do you distinguish theft from taxation?

    The result of this direct PUBLIC meddling with the private market has been to distort and prevent production.

    There’s nothing new under the sun.

  • Mendocino Mamma

    “SURPRIZE…SURPRIZE!” to quote Gomer Pyle!

  • I went to high school with pat and when I heard he was working as an inspector for the county I wondered how long until he screws this job up. Pat has always been a decent guy but like most of us has a shady side. If I was in his shoes making what 50k a year it would be hard not to accept tips for doing a great job. Lol anyway what the hell is a few thousand bucks when most are in the permit process for over 100k. It’s all a scam from the stupidvisors down through the county depts. Look at air quality they survive on fines and worthless fire permits what a sham I could go on and on but it pisses me off to no end!!!!

  • PSYCHOLOGY 101

    If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

    As soon as the monkey touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water. After a while another monkey makes an attempt with the same result…all the other monkeys are sprayed. Soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys try to prevent it. Put the hose away. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace with a new one. The new one sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him. After another attempt, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

    Next, remove another of the original five, replacing it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment…with enthusiasm.

    Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a fourth and then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is attacked. Most of the monkeys who are beating him up have no idea why they are not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

    Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, none of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

    WHY? Because in their minds…that is the way it has always been!

    This, my friends, is how Legislatures, Courts, Attorneys, Supervisors, City Councils, Police, Sheriff Depts., and “stagh” operate…and is why from time to time, all of the monkeys must be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.

    • Amazing. We need all new monkeys.

    • Veteran's friend

      That is absolutely my theory for voting. NO INCUMBENT EVER. When you vote for ANYONE who already has the job, you are endorsing the status quo. Even the best representatives are participants in an utterly corrupt system.
      All together now:
      NO INCUMBENT GETS MY VOTE

    • Central, do you think it’s just here in Humboldt or are other county’s about as bad.

  • This guy’s at the bottom of the county bribery food chain. I’ve never personally witnessed it but have heard first hand accounts of greasing palms of those much higher up the ladder to make things happen.

  • Can’t Hide From Karma

    Shady from the first day I met him. Any person with a moral backbone would not take a bribe. He was always the little weasel ready to throw someone under the bus to make himself look good. A little thing called KARMA. And for everyone else listed as corrupt, Karma will eventually find them, too.

  • Why Incorporating and Privatizing Government is Evil
    Posted: 06 Feb 2018 05:47 AM PST
    By Judge Anna

    The main reason that incorporating and privatizing government is evil is that it mixes public and private functions in an inappropriate and ultimately irresponsible way.

    Think about it for five seconds.

    What is the goal of any private, for-profit corporation? To make money.
    What is the goal of any public, non-profit organization supposed to be? To provide service.

    What do you get when you mix the two? The equivalent of Exxon with a license to sell you any service they want to sell, provide any service they want to provide, and charge you as much as they please for it.

    It’s the ultimate soft-racketeering machine, like the old magazine subscription scam on steroids.

    You order one magazine subscription fair and square. The publisher sends you three sample magazines “for free”– but if you don’t promptly and actively say — “Thanks, but no thanks!” — you are on the hook to pay for three more magazine subscriptions you never wanted, plus the one you did order.

    That’s how the corporate government has been working, too. Selling you more and more and more services, at their own behest, at their own rates. And nobody has been minding the store close enough and acting with enough authority to say the big fat “NO!” that is necessary to prevent this from happening.

    So Tony and George and Sam all get together and decide — as your “representatives” — that you want a new prison industries investment to provide you the service of incarcerating more criminals. They charge you for building the new prison facility and staffing it and providing “external security” for it, they set up contracts with other in-house service providers to profit off the prisoner’s labor, and then they set up 80,000,000 statutes so that they can arrest practically anyone for anything, and as a final service, they arrest you, steal the value of your life and labor for a period of years, and charge you –heavily– for this service, too.

    Gee, isn’t it great, all this public service? They quickly and quietly forget who is paying for all this service, because they are too busy stuffing their own pockets and padding their crony’s pockets, too.

    You wanted this service, didn’t you? Your “representatives” ordered it and charged it to your room service number…. so what’s another $600 million boondoggle?

    What’s that you say? You don’t see this as a service to you? Especially since the police and prison guards aren’t there to protect you and your assets anymore? They are on the take to protect the corporation(s) leeching off of you instead!

    But you gave away your proxy to these yahoos who voted “for” you. You consented to this. Hey, Babe, you kept the extra magazines. You participated in their elections. You sent these guys to Congress to “serve” in your name….. so they get to spend your money on business opportunities for themselves in the name of serving you, and you wind up being “served”— mostly for lunch.

    That is the short version of why mixing public service with private greed is a recipe for disaster. The “service” quickly gets turned around to serve The Corporation and the astonished people find themselves on the receiving end of humongous, inflated, totally irresponsible bills for services that they don’t want, don’t need, didn’t order, and often can’t recognize as services at all.

    There is nobody left to defend you from these white-collar predators, because they are all employed at the same Corporation, bent on increasing their profits at any cost — and its all your cost.

    Because these organizations are all incorporated, they just spend your credit to the moon, then seek bankruptcy protection for themselves after off-loading their corporate assets to new subsidiaries, and naming you as the surety standing good for all this.

    It’s like having Cousin Bubba go on a three-week bender at the most expensive casino on Earth and charging it all to your credit card, because you were stupid enough to let him have access to your wallet.

    There’s no real consequence for them. They just go bankrupt with very little left on the table, and like those stores that have endless “Going Outta Business!” liquidation sales, and keep right on chugging, these guys do the same. . . All at your expense.

    What’s that you say, Mama? You don’t recall ordering any solid gold bathroom faucets? Well, I am sure it’s in the missing Department of Defense Itemized Budget somewhere.

    “One dishonorable man is a disgrace, two dishonorable men are a law firm, and three or more are a Congress….” — John Adams

    • That’s the short version?

      • Well yeah. 200 years compressed onto two pages without names, dates, and events of history as scribed by the assassins, and translated into facts and figure$.

        Or 11,000 years – now that would take waaay longer.

        Isn’t it a pity we spend our energy discussing poly (many) ticks (blood suckers)?

        ~not to slight this A-1, double-d, 10 blog. 😛

  • wondering when this was going to drop. I heard two weeks ago they were getting ready to make an arrest, it’s been going on for over a year now and like a previous poster said you’d be surprised some of the people that were issued permits . And to the other conspiracy theorists who commented, first off it doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or Republican or a purple Martian from Mars it has nothing to do with your political preference, its about ethics and not everyone in the government is corrupt nor is every cop bad etc, etc. some people just take the wrong path and end up regretting it and have to pay the price. I’ve never dealt with this inspector personally but his coworkers have always been 100% legit in any dealings I’ve had with them.

  • Was this the same inspector that gave Tsnome Madrone a permit for his illegal buildings on his property near Trinidad? How about code enforcement turning their heads because he was protecting his illegal grows in 2014. Yup we could elect another nefarious person to run Humboldt

  • The real crime and corruption in Humboldt County is the12,000 illegal greenrusher eco disaster grows and out of state crooks destroying our lovely landscrape.

  • I voted against legalization for these very reasons. Our form of democracy lends itself to graft and corruption. Also the price crash is playing hell with my property values.

    • Property values are likely to continue to fall unless legal markets expand to other states and/or countries.

      As people flocked here supply increased. Demand is relatively constant so prices dropped. People grew more to earn the same income. Because people kept coming and everyone was growing more, prices kept falling. So everyone grew more. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat……
      By going bigger people were working more hours to hope for the same income. Quality of life suffered. The green rush was already killing the dream for many. Legalization is just another nail in the coffin.

  • I feel that the county should be investigated by the federal government for their willing participation in the cultivation and distribution of a controlled substance. Now’s the time to get federal prosecutors involved. Write a letter to the U.S. Attorney of the northern district Alex Tse requesting help dealing with this massive disregard of federal law. Drugs are poisoning the public and our county staff is just as responsible as the growers and dealers.

    The county has been profiting from a scheduled drug. The county has knowingly and willingly been allowing the production and distribution of a schedule 1 drug. The county is aware of the interstate commerce law yet sits by as drugs they are allowing to be produced are spread throughout the country across state lines. All the while cash rolls into the planning and building department for the approval to produce and distribute drugs.

    You can call it medicine or whatever you want but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s a controlled substance that’s federally illegal and declared a schedule 1 drug.

    When will the county start issuing permits to grow poppies and manufacture heroin? How about methamphetamine? Where do you get your permit for that?

    I think that every federal bust for marijuana around the country should be tested for genetic match to the same samples here tested to meet the organic requirements. After proving that our county government is directly involved in the production and distribution of drugs on a national scale we can all chuckle as they’re carted away.

    • 707prius

      You are aware of what county you’re in?

    • Wouldn’t it be stunning if the Feds just decided to make an example out of Humboldt county for permitting a federally outlawed commodity? Bribes or no bribes, the officials are breaking the(federal ) law. With the end price of cannabis being many 1000s of dollars, and the growers going broke from permits and low dollars for a great product, many things need to be reworked here. It’s gonna be a long ride. In the meantime, Bayer&Monsanto will be GMO-ing medical crapweed.

      • A “federally,” “outlawed,” “commodity.”

        Somebody should read the Constitution for the united States of America. There are nineteen enumerated services the “federally” inclined are to provide services for. And, they are all international. If you can provide evidence to the contrary – i’m listening.

        Or the Ninth and Tenth amendments – Bill of Rights.

        Your state allegiance is prior to “federal” pledge. The states makes the federal, not visa-versa.

    • Dear 707prius,
      The definition of a schedule 1 drug is that it is highly addictive and has no medical benefits. Both of those are not true pertaining to cannabis. You are grossly misinformed about many of the cannabis cultivators in humboldt and northern california, and simply the plant itself. You are right that drugs are poisoning america, but they are coming from the pharmaceutical companies and hard drug users. These are very different from cannabis. I feel sad that it is 2018 and you are so many years behind. Oh and by the way, all the poppy is grown in the middle east, another veiled reason for pur presence there. Good luck with life!!

      P.S. i think we can all agree that while not all who drive a prius are bad drivers, all of the WORST drivers are in a prius….

      • Is marijuana a schedule 1 drug?
        Is Humboldt grown marijuana sold throughout the country?
        I think you can answer those questions with ease.
        I’ve merely pointed out that our local government is profiting from the production and distribution of a controlled substance. Find some facts to disprove me and I’ll gladly rescind the statements.

        I wish you could see the road ahead through the windshield of a Prius.

        • [edit] ive driven a prius enough. You dont understand that based on the definition, no, cannabis is not a schedule 1 drug? It is incorrectly labeled as such. We all know it is labeled as schedule 1, you are one of those few weak spined people who cant decide for themselves what is right and wrong. You just wanna play by the rules [edit].

    • You are delusional. So worked up because some goofballs called it “schedule 1” 30 years ago. Will you relax when it is delisted? Take your outrage and replace the noun with “coffee” You have no idea about testing or genetics. Actually it’s funny because half of all the weed plants growing today in CA will probably test as identicle!

  • John Wayne’s Navy Colts Are Smokin

    I wonder if this is the same guy that accepted money from the Bulgarians out in mattole valley..we were wondering how long time local small families are being pushed out and/ or beaten down by the application process… looks like you got to pay to play

  • Retired Building Director I had a few of the Higher Up Good ole’ boys give offers… He’ll no, if anything I triple checked and documentation made on all date and times… Glad to be retired…

  • Anything significant that happens via the county planning and building department is an extension of the supervisor of that district. Just like anything that happens in the city planning department is an extension of the city council.

  • It takes two, at least, to tango in any bribery scheme. Not defending the alleged actions of the inspector, but wondering how many people were “victims,” in the classic sense of the word, and how many were willingly playing the game. It’s a $100,000 question, apparently.

  • Update you article title.
    Your update reads
    UPDATE 11:53 a.m.: According to the Sheriff’s Office, there were other businesses involved besides cannabis.

    Updating your report title will correct the misleading information.

  • Humor in Humboldt

    Frankly the level of outrage among those whose life revolves around illegal activity is hysterical. There is no one as offended by criminality as the criminal who gets shafted by a criminal with official status. How dare they!

    • These folks are going through the legal process thus not being criminal.

      • Thus no longer being criminal you mean. At least some of them. Apparently by most published standards, about one out a hundred. But the outrage is still funny from those who used to say things like “you’re just jealous” or “growers pay taxes too” when people complained about the obscene profits in being criminal. Now that it’s their hands being chewed off at the wrist by government when they were so smug if others complained before, it is a hoot. None are so righteous indignant at the sins of others as the reformed sinner.

    • Too legit to quit

      Actually I have found that everything is illegal if you ask the wrong person at the wrong desk

  • Whatever happened to the interview of the grower who gave him money? I’m curious to read it.

  • One pissed off mom

    Looks alittle like the homeowner that I started buying my house from 5.5 years ago invested 147000 in payments a new septic system and renovation of two rooms on a 10 yr contract and took me to court and evicted me single mother of 4 children on a day it snowed as a rental contract not an owner will carry …needless to say 2.5 months later I finally have a stable living environment …. this guy Has that same energy about him…. I swear people are assholes.( Needless to say I will be taking that guy i speak of to court )

  • Real Story ???????

    The building inspector has nothing to do with issuing permits

  • Money management 101:

    1) Identify the people helping you, and then help those that help you

    2) Treat Leeches like the plague, ward them off at all costs

    3) Karma always wins

  • James Robertson

    @bottom trawler the RID employee who “ran over a motorcycle rider” is also a volunteer firefighter who was responding to yet another 911 call from Shelter Cove’s biggest piece of shit fall down in his own shit drunk when crossing Upac to Seafoam which has a huge blind spot (I’ve lived up from there for years), the widow sued RID and the volunteer has to live with the fact that he was rushing to respond to a worthless shit pile and accidentally hit the motorcycle.
    The GM that lost his shit on the Cove resident was fired.
    What the fuck is your point??

  • The staff is friendly but the inspectors are awful, anybody else have that experience, or any advice if they have.

    • I think that experience depends on who you are. If you are a newby, you will be run around like herd of sheep. The trouble is that there is no one go complain to or even question at that point. You are trapped because you have money invested in a project that requires the inspector’s appoval. And good luck getting it if you irritate the inspector.

  • Bottom Trawler

    Thx covetroll for the rest of the story, what bout FAGs at the boat ramp? On this side of the hill gernarlly hate the greedy cove, gotta fish but dont wnt to build.

  • I think I’ve seen this kinda thing be for. So a guy gets pulled over with 50 lbs and $100k goes to jail for a short time when he goes to his court date The judge says the guy was pulled over with five lbs and $5k so where did the rest of his stuff go hmmmm. My point is everyone must know that he received much more money than 100k but the cops aren’t gonna say that now I wonder why.

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