Weeklong Operation Serving Search Warrants in Northern Humboldt Destroyed Over 1000 Pounds of Processed Marijuana and More, Says Sheriff’s Office


Water Diversion

Water Diversion [Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:


Following a weeklong operation investigating the illegal cultivation of marijuana in Northern Humboldt County, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) has served 11 search warrants, eradicated approximately 30,252 growing marijuana plants and destroyed over 1,000 pounds of processed marijuana.
On July 11 and 12, 2018 deputies served five search warrants on parcels that did not possess nor were in the process of actively obtaining a commercial cannabis permit with the County of Humboldt.

On Wednesday, July 11, deputies served two search warrants in the Berry Summit area and one search warrant in the area of Sabertooth Road. On Thursday, July 12, deputies served two search warrants in the area of Blake Mountain near Hyampom. During the service of these warrants, deputies located multiple greenhouses and outdoor marijuana cultivation gardens.
Deputies also located and seized three firearms and two high capacity magazines.

During the service of the five warrants, assisting agencies found the following violations:
– Twenty-one water diversion violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Six stream crossing violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Multiple water pollution violations (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Seven deposition of trash into a stream violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Discharge of waste into state waters violation (up to $5,000 fine per day)
– Spill of hazardous materials violation (up to $75,000 fine per day)
– Unpermitted fuel storage violation (up to $5,000 fine per day)
– Multiple grading without a permit violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Multiple building code violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Multiple improper disposal of garbage violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Placing, or causing to be placed, live fish into a state waterway violation
– Burning of prohibited materials violation
– Poaching of a black-tailed deer violation

No arrests were made during the service of the warrants. Additional violations with civil fines are expected to be filed by the assisting agencies.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office thanks the following agencies for assisting in the service of this week’s warrants: California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Humboldt County Environmental Health and HAZMAT Unit, California State Water Board, Humboldt County Planning and Building Department and Cal Fire.
Anyone with information about these cases 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.

sewage pit

Sewage pit. [Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]

outhouse directly depositing waste into sewage pit

Outhouse directly depositing waste into sewage pit[Photos from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]


Greenhouse with marijuana. [Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]


Trash. [Photos from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]


[Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]

Processing marijuana.

Processing marijuana. [Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]

grey water pit

Grey water pit. [Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]

AR 15 style rifle with high capacity magazines

AR 15 style rifle with high capacity magazines[Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department]



  • Is that some type of drum magazine on the AR? How many rounds does that hold?

  • It holds 100 rounds, but it must be a fake as you are not allowed to have anything over 10 round capacity in Komifornia.I think I saw the folks from this grow at the last howl at the moon environmental rally telling people how great it was to get into the unspoiled backcountry of Humboldt! The rest of the 20000 grows look the same.

  • Summer Camp ending early for some.

  • That “sewage pit” is nasty. I wouldn’t want to pet their dog.

  • A bump stock would go handsomely on that rig.

  • fuckwalterwhite.com

    Fines up to $xxxx.
    But what are the minimums?

    • Kym has listed the minimum per-day fines. The total amount of the fine is set by how many days it takes landowners to get the situation cleaned up or get themselves into a compliance agreement. Hopefully, that answers the question.

  • So the authorities show up with warrants, take pictures, shred pot. No arrests ever. What happens next?

    • The county might recoup as much money as they spend on the bust?

    • A busy week for the boys and no one in cuffs. Another day in paradise. So now what? What happens next? What happens next is civil action. In two weeks or less the land owner(s) should expect a certified letter in the mail from CDFW. In this letter he, she, or both if you are married will discover their official civil violations. Attached with each violation: FG code, GPS location of infraction, and maximum penalty. Most of which. “Fix it tickets”. The accused will have a month or two to remedy the problem by submitting before/after photos and what ever else CDFW requests to resolve each infraction. If ignored by deadline. Daily Fines.

  • Clean all those fucking growers off Southfork! Ther fucking trimmers even fuck up public camp areas. They’ve ruined it all!

  • What do we have to do to get CAMP out here again?

  • Contemporary Satire 4 you!

    30,000 plants. Half a ton of flower.

    What’s that, about .01% of the total?

    Nice going, enforcement officers, you have marginally disrupted black market production!

    • The fines! The fines!

    • Keep in mind that was 1 weeks worth of work. Not saying they would be able to keep this up all summer but if they could, I’d bet prices skyrocket in the fall.

      • Dont hold your breath. Oregon’s over production are effecting market prices everywhere. People in Oregon would jump @ 500 a pound they are getting like 3-4

      • The Entropic Empath

        First they would have to get all the grows in Oregon, Washington, and Canada…

        Flower will be$169/lb by Christmas, I predict…

        • Let’s be real, no weed comes down from Canada that’s absolute BS. Yes other weed might trickle in from other states but not after Californias track and trace system goes live. At least not at retail outlets that aren’t willing to get shutdown over buying stuff a few dollars cheaper on the black

  • BLA BLA So tired ; yesterday’s News It is over just like the Gold Rush in 1900’s. Why is anybody still trying? Just like the ways of Logging and Fishing. A real Capitalist would take advantage of the situation and purchase a dead grow site and provide carnival rides on a train car on a track to run the tourists all around the property with fake plants and greenhouses and scruffy mannequins tending the fake crops to show the tourists how it was. Just like Disneyland.

  • Alt Right For Life

    Why do marijuana growers seem to enjoy open pits of raw sewage?

    Having the largest cesspool seems to be a point of pride in the marijuana community.

    Can any of you marijuana people please explain the attraction to sewage pits and piles of trash?

    • To be clear, law enforcement has told me they are going after the worst offenders. This is not representative of most marijuana growers and couldn’t be representative of legal farmers.

      • Oh that clears it up they” told you”.

        • Sigh…The Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Lt. Little when he was still allowed to talk to the press told me. Sam Karges of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office told me. Does that help? There were more but I can’t remember everyone.

      • Alt Right For Life

        It just seems that marijuana growers tend to keep open pits of raw sewage and trash around their properties.

        Does the marijuana high cause them to become welcoming to raw sewage? I noticed many marijuana growers love travel to India, another place with an abundance of raw sewage making me think that marijuana use and raw sewage go hand in hand.

        Can you comment on marijuana use and raw sewage, please explain the connection between the two.

    • I like stars too!

      Pirate growers are just filthy people, and they can build an “oil lab” at great cost but would never install an $8000 septic tank, or haul their refuse to the landfill…

      Pot growers have a determined tendency to steal water, bulldoze pesky trees, install miles of plastic pipes, grow weed using chemicals in greenhouses built of plastic, and just trash the place! They poop on the ground, never bathe, and take whatever drugs they can find. Pirate growers are nasty, and they make the “good growers” look pretty nasty too.

      And when the Sheriff comes around to chip their crop, they run and hide and then bitch and moan about how unfair it all is…

      Growing weed is a stupid occupation, and it makes growers look pretty bad.

      Pot growers are pathetic, and the “industry” looks poorly because of it. Many areas are full of abandoned properties where folks used to grow. Humboldt County will take decades to clean up, after people who made these messes shown above have all left.

      Show these photos to your children, and encourage them to do something better with their lives than grow dope.

  • I am not a grower or user but I may be able to explain why they are attracted to garbage and sewer pits. It is because the dope growers are not the professional folks that have done it for a career like the farmers you see with fields of alfalfa or corn or beef cattle etc. .These dope heads are criminal scum here to make $$ at any cost to the land and environment and community . Every one of these people knew what they were doing was illegal (until the last 6 months or so). They cry that its medicine man, they try to justify the criminal deeds anyway they can. In the end they are the lowest of the low, that’s why they like sewage pits !

    • Taurusballzhoff

      AND, Black Market Flower is not something you want to smoke, distribute, or let your children smoke.

      Don’t buy black market weed! Only let your children smoke natural, organic, tested clean weed!

      Thanks so much!

      • If its ‘natural and organic’ why would it need to be tested? The “testing” recently came into being with the fake, phony, unnatural, indoor, pesticide laden plants, grown by the fake, phony, anti-civilization group$ that stock the dispensaries.

        You’re doing the apples and oranges dance around the point of an ill-defined “Black Market.”

        By “Black Market” are you implying those of us who don’t bend over and grab our ankles in the course of being “legal?”

        Legality is not reality.

        Notice the purveyors of nonsense don’t mention the word law? Unless, of course, it’s applied to “Law” enforcement – pfft! Policy enforcement is more on target. But then, “Policy” is not law, and counties are not the legislature.

        STAUB v. BAXLEY (1958) 355 US 313
        “. . . an ordinance which makes the peaceful enjoyment of freedoms which the Constitution guarantees contingent upon the uncontrolled will of an official – as by requiring a permit or license which may be granted or withheld in the discretion of such official – is an unconstitutional censorship or prior restraint upon the enjoyment of those freedoms.”

        When the state imposes a charge for the enjoyment of a right, it is patently unconstitutional.
        [Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 US 105 (1943); United States v. Jackson, 390 US 570 (1968)]

        We have been bamboozled by black magicians who think they are sly and seem to get rewarded based on how ludicrous the deception.

        • I like stars too!

          By your argument, every person should, and is, able to grow their own, by whatever method they choose. This is the natural, rightest, and most appropriate result from legalization.

          Pot is so easy to grow, that it should be free.

          Growing weed as an occupation, should be a thing of the past.

          • “. . . every person should, and is, able to grow their own, by whatever method they choose. This is the natural, rightest, and most appropriate result from legalization.”

            natural, right and most appropriate -have NOTHING to do with legalization, and everything to do with law.

            Begging for permission to exercise your rights is no way to go through life.

      • Legal weed is overpriced shit .grow your own! It’s legal and u know what u put into it!

  • As a long time pot farmer moving into the legal cannabis market,I have found over the years even to this day no one wants to pick up garbage or clean the toilet or do the dishes or wipe their own ass.Everyday I go to work and have to clean up after my workers . No one can see zip ties on the ground or netting or duct tape .and this is true on most farms.As the Employer it falls on me so I go to dump once a week and constantly pick up and bitch and moan it wears on me.
    Trimmers are the same pigs filthy blind.
    I often wonder how my workers and trimmers take care of them selves feed them selves wipe their own ass when they leave.

    • They don’t, take whiff in front of the grocery store in garb eeeeeww

      • Taurusballzhoff

        No, Garberville just smells like that…

        We don’t call it the biggest shithole in Northern California for nothing…

    • I like stars too!

      L.Y. – Hmmmm, do you pay hourly wages, contribute to Social Security, follow all applicable labor law? Do your “workers” have decent housing and facilities, are they fed, are they safe from abuse, do you care for them? Are you responsible enough to run a legal business?

      [edit] I would not work for you for one minute.

      • No, he’s right. People in general are pigs and it’s very hard to get people to be tidy.

        • I like stars too!

          In my opinion, it’s a matter of training, and reasonable expectation. YOU may be a pig, Em, but, if you train your employees to clean up, and make time for and direct them to clean up, and give them everything they need to work clean, like showers, a place to wash clothing, a clean place to live etc, have trash removed or have your employees remove trash, and if you participate in running a clean operation, everyone will probably appreciate the clean and orderly environment, and have pride in their work!

          I refuse to work in a mess! You should too! And, if your employees won’t work clean, get new employees!

          People are only pigs if they are allowed to be!

          I think this might be the point of enforcement!

    • Get better workers dude.

  • 1000 pounds!! Worth about $300 These days it seems….

  • “Free market” means the farmers/growers/producers set the market price. The law of the land is the motor that runs the free market.

    PUBLIC Private Partnerships are a corporate scam. Neither the County nor the Cities have law making powers. The expansion of public control, through more spending and more regulatory programs, across the private sphere, is genocide Stockholm Syndrome style.

  • That’s the worst that they came up with??You know that these pictures are the worst of the worst! I don’t think any decent person would argue that it is OK to have open sewage, illegal roads or large scale water diversion. Im glad the dusch with the open pits got busted…gross! Your article does not mention the dozens of notices given to neighbors with scenes that hold over over 6 plants. It dosnt discuss the affects on the community that these over 2000 officers had. You fail to mention the people affected, the two bros- one with MS and the other w diabetes that have 64 plants and no sewage, trash or any environmental issue that were given notice. No mention of the families that have lived and formed a vibrant community with a fire department and good roads that they pay for from their own pockets. Just the negative….horrible pictures that the county cops want you to believe is happening in them hills. How many parcels are there?….how many families?….that the county gladly takes tax money from (at rate increases way beyond the limits of Prop 13 and other Ca tax laws)have now been told to STOP or they will loose their land and heritage to government fines and fees.Talking about biting the hand that feeds you! No pot equals no income. No income equals forclosure. Forclosure equals no taxes and no cash for any other local business. Who lines the pockets of the Supervisors??

    • I would gladly post about that if I knew it. If one of the people (at least–more is better) would like to talk about the effects, my email is mskymkemp@gmail.com.

    • If they run a business without paying the many fees, getting permits, etc, then they are stealing from those who do. Disability or age do not confer sainthood nor is an exception to the rules. They could have grown for personal use within the law. More than that is a business like anyone else’s. Not paying income taxes, personal property taxes and fees would make most of us a lot wealthier. It’s hard to have sympathy with those who have made their lives comfortable by not paying them while advocating that “the government” should spend ever more and more for favored causes. Regulation costs.

      Welcome to the world of government that so many are so fond of others being taxed to support.

  • A SWAT team is an unconstitutional standing army. ANY Sheriffs Department commingling funds, asset forfeiture -whatever you label the theft- and calling in every Tom, Dick and Harry to share in the spoils with 122 deputies, is a damn poor wanna-be Sheriff. When did our Sheriffs Department turn so militarized using the military titles of Captain, Lieutenant, and Sergeant? Oh right, they were “recruited” from the infant-ry and “deployed.”

    “Who lines the pockets of the Supervisors?” —The only true currency in the world is labor. The controllers take from the producers and give to the non-producers. Yet the populace sits and takes it. Why? Too big a leap. If it turns out they’ve been completely conned by a massive manipulated agenda they may just completely break down. And subconsciously the horror of that reality is therefore a “no.”

  • In my 1911 I trust

    So they just spent a week and an untold amount of resources to eliminate $300,000 worth of pot? Kudos to getting rid of that open sewage pit, that is nasty. After they get done spying on all of us with that satellite to “eliminate black market marijuana”, I wonder when they’ll decide to use ground penetrating radar to look inside our homes “do protect us from hash labs.” The camel’s nose is officially in the tent, just a matter of time before the body follows. How many idiots voted to pass Prop 64 so they could exercise their right to be stoned without thinking about all of their rights they would be giving up to do so?

    • welcome to the era of post-weed-prohibition. alcohol prohibition ended to raise taxes, not because the masses demanded access to legal alcohol.

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