Nearly 50,000 Marijuana Plants Eradicated During This Last Week’s Raids

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Field of Smart Pots

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU):

Following a weeklong operation investigating illegal cannabis cultivation in southern Humboldt County, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) has served 12 search warrants, eradicated approximately 46,486 growing marijuana plants and destroyed over 1,400 pounds of processed marijuana.

On July 26, 2018, deputies served one search warrant on a parcel in the Panther Gap area of southern Humboldt County. The parcel did not possess nor was in the process of actively obtaining a commercial cannabis permit with the County of Humboldt.

During the service of the warrant, deputies located and eradicated approximately 3,018 growing marijuana plants. Assisting agencies found the following violations:
– One water diversion violation (up to $8,000 fine per day)
– One deposition of trash into a stream violation (up to $8,000 fine per day)
– Grading without a permit violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Building code violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Improper storage and removal of solid waste violations (up to $25,000 fine per day, per violation)
– Commercial cannabis ordinance violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)

No arrests were made during the service of the warrant. 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 and Humboldt County Planning and Building Department.

Anyone with information about 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.

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74 comments

  • Mendocino Mamma

    Holy CHIT! Water consumption estimate anyone? I guessing 5000 gallons a day.

    • Judging by the size of the pots (look to be 65 gal) and plant size I’d say they should only be using about 5 gal per pot every 3 days or so. After counting the rows and multiplying I’d say there’s approximately 2,400 pots/plants, give or take. So by those numbers they should be using around 12,000 gal of water ever 3 days or so which would be around 3,000 gal a day. Mind you, only idiots water every day. Now that 3,000 gal every 3 days will only go up as it,e goes on. My thing is, what idiot has plants that small in pots that big and at this time of year!

      • Mendocino Mamma

        Agreed for the most part. If it is a yabo grow those grows have lots of runoff out of the pots. Most likely they water twice a day if it’s one guy that’s doing a lot of the work or just a couple it could take them several days to work through those if they’re not on drip. Then add to that any water for washing bathing cooking and trying to keep a little in storage. I would say this parcel is definitely a water hog. If they weren’t taking it all out of the creeks. Their delivery rate bet they were having a truck up that road almost everyday. I’m sure the neighbors loved it.

      • Soom idiots have to warter every day like when its 106 degrees and your plants are huge and drink warter like a alcoholic drinks beer on a hot day mine like about 15 20 gallons on a hot day

        • i’ve worked several places where it’s that hot and worse sometimes and I’ve never had to water twice a day ever and we’ve always produced amazing top shelf product. You figure about a half a gal of water per five gallons of soil give or take. When the weather is really hot “and dry” then a little more than half per 5 gal soil but most of the places around here that get to such high temps still are like 80% RH so honestly you were actually probably over watering, not so much to where it showed but still giving more than necessary.

      • It’s odd that you took the time to count just the rows showing when the report says 50,000 plants total(counting ones not pictured). Your math is very off since you chose to use a made up plants number.

        • Anonymous Humboldtian

          It was 50,000 collectively from all the warrants they served. They didn’t find those all on one property. Read a little more carefully next time.

      • 5 gallons every 3 days 😂😂😂. More like 10 gallons a day [edit]

        • Anonymous Humboldtian

          Plants would die if you gave them 10 gallons a day. Ever heard of root rot.

          • Exactly, trust that most newbies don’t understand how it works and that the plant actually does most of its growing just before the soil goes dry and needs to be watered. In that though, it all depends on the size of the plant, amount of soil, climate, elevation etc. I’ve worked with plants that need much more water than 10 gal, more like 30 give or take but still that’s not 30 a day, more like 30 gal every 3-4 days. Optimal conditions and practices would be to get in 2 waterings/feedings a week. Sure beyond that everyone has their own way as in feed, feed, water or feed, water, water etc. But again 2 waterings/feedings in a 7 day period is best. That’s why I suggest half a gal of water (with or without food) per 5 gal of soil, from there you adjust due to all the variables to get 2 in 7

    • Aero,hydro,aguaponics use 1/10 water,1/6 fertilizer. Regular farming needs much water to wash excess fertilizer into rivers.pot ,premixed fertilizers are the most expensive and thought out.verticle farming uses 1/10 area.inert medium works with good fertilizer.pot fertilizers,designed by specialists,is cause of harmful algal bloom.land ownership on paper and gold and silver make land where inca live not theirs.though they walk on,live on and have sacred spots.this causes unhappiness world wide.to make America great is to cause small groups ,world wide to use terror as a military tactic.bugs and drugs next. The Wayfinders. Wade Davis p.129.

  • So no report on where they went on the Ettersburg road?

  • Someone has to supply all the states where prohibition is still in place. Cannabis exports for free states where recreational Cannabis is legal to State stupid enough to maintain cannabis prohibition is a multi-billion-dollar a year industry. There’s no way police will ever stop this until cannabis is legalized Nationwide. There’s just too much money at stake. I have to ask, had these cops solved every murder, rape and violent crime and we’re sitting on their hands looking for something else to do? If not this is just pure stupidity.

    • Humboldt native

      I agree . How do law enforcement feel good about themselves when there’s murders and stealing and rapes that are unsolved and murderers and rapists walking around free to commit the next violent crime while the law enforcement with 30 officer groups are ganging up to cut a plant down they should gang up like that to investigate violent crimes. I would support that effort and so would everyone else on this site and in this area. Everyone I think would actually agree on that and appreciate that.

    • Oregon and Colorado are picking up the slack..
      My guess is there’s maybe a handful of LEO in the entire county that could close an old violent felony folder… competent retroactive investigation? HA! Cheap stats for DEA grants is the MO. Search and seizures (home invasions) to pad the jacket. The Drug War has made a mockery of the police, bore this Police State. WE LOVE stories of the Old West Sheriff, when the job required an initiate sense of justice, of right and wrong. Sad state of affairs today. While Smokey sits and waits to hand out seat-belt tickets in hopes of grabbing some cheap cash from the back seat old home invasions, rapes, and murders= REAL CRIMES collect dust.

    • It’s not stupidity. It’s giving the people that didn’t sign up a reason to think twice. That they can’t just come here and blow up huge scenes and get away with it anymore unless there getting permitted. Yes most of these massive grows have been here for years with little done about it but better late then never I guess. Prices going up this year, I’m loving every second of it

  • Smart pots? How can that many plants be legal? Looks like that uses a lot of water.

  • Fuck! Smart pots are stupid!

    Why is someone putting 500k into setting up a shit show for crap-ass plants like that.

    First spend 15.00 on a god damned how-to-grow-anything book.

    I can’t stand the money backed idiots I see farming everywhere.

    I’m losing my frikin mind about it!!

    • Those aren’t smart pots but smart pots are much better than plastic for many reasons and better than in the ground for many reasons too

      • You’re wrong in everything you just said.

        Smart pots are stupid. Don’t defend them. Look at any commercial ag product being grown, no smart pots. No pots!

        Growing is a very old wheel, you can’t reinvent it.

        • I put mine in the ground every year i can count on 5 -7 lbs on them

          • Alt right the turd reich

            Smart pots are great at reducing root rot and goofers. They also increase oxygen to roots and water run off. The cons are increased water needs because of hot roots. I’ve had holes, trenches and raised beds. For full term I like them. But 65 gallon are so small you’d have water twice a day when the roots tap

        • Premixed fertilizers are causing harmful algal bloom.big business.smart people.

          • That’s not true. Algae blooms are older than anything, it’s the hit dry weather coupled with too much water being taken out of system.

            • I meant current domonic bloom and east coast rivers turned red.when I feed algae inland sea phytoplankton,complete element feed ,I see only healthy fish with good coloration.lack of tumor growth on goldfish.happy feeding behavior.our fertilizers are tainted with our petroleum richness.richard fisher’s Grandcanyon of Cambodia,gives me the impression that pyramid builders were influenced by superior nutrition,not space aliens. Also hohokam fertilizer ,by same author.you are correct about less water,it causes PH change.blue green,cyanobacteriums grow at 9-11 PH.

        • The pots pictures aren’t smart pots,, you want to try to get in 2 watering/feedings in a 7 day period and with smart pots it makes it a bit easier to do so as well the benefits the other poster posted. Btw nope, not a thing I said was wrong and overly big plants are like jacked up growdozers, compensating for something? 65 gal of soil is more than enough, personally I’d rather do everything dep in 7gal bags, guaranteed I can produce a far superior product like that as compared to a 10lb plant

    • Greed. Moe is always better.

  • groba dude trustafarian osnt

    I have to wonder how long it takes to build facilities for, and to plant 50,000 marijuana plants? How much does it cost?

    It is the most amazing waste of effort and resources that I can think of!

    Next year, if you are not gonna get a permit, just donate the time and money to mental health services, or to your local hospital! You will feel so much better! Much better than when the DTF comes for your plants…

    • If you like legalization so much you must like the look of farms like this. This is the future you voted for. Honestly I think this is a picture of honeydew farms… the first permitted farm in the county (google it- it’s a field of pots looks just like this^^)
      I have no problem per we with legalization or not, but anyone who thinks that all this legal weed is going to all be smoked in CA is stupid.
      I know this year a lot is still being diverted to the black market, but will that keep happening? Or is the legal market going to go off a cliff?

  • Moving California weed to a prohibition state has its own risks. Ask Dakota William Linn, Nenad Steljic, Giovanni Baassiri, Amer Jabir, Ahmad Jabir, Aymen Abdelrahim, John James Kash, Pablo Raya Herrerra, Cain Soto-Guzman, Ulises Soto, Joshua Castanenda, Yuba County Deputy Christopher Heath, Tyler Long, Ryan Falsone, Jose Gregorio Luna, Blair Lee Reese, Alex Chapackdee, Joseph Heyden, Hannah Silva, Ruth Paez Diaz, Brianna Marie Diaz, Joseph Sierra-Quezada, Ebony Douglas, Barbara Jiron, Patrick Jiron, Henry Sentner, Daniel Bingham, Nathaniel Clawson, Angel Rodriguez, Dennis Rodriguez.

  • Guesstimation station

    Can we get some more pictures of that spot? Looks wild

  • Those aren’t smart pots. They are plastic.

  • Time to confiscate the land to pay for the finds, law enforcement costs, and remediation costs. Land owners that lease out their property and then deny knowledge of what was going on should also be responsible for the remediation costs.

  • Wonder how big the drying sheds are on the property that has the field of pots?!?

    • You wish they used a drying room or shed. This big of a grow all trimming and drying is done outside. Thats rite come the early rain you have mold. They don’t care you have lung issues They don’t bother doing any kind of cure. These people have no shame. Know your caretaker ( POW )

  • Now the gold rush is almost over for all these illegal people coming here thinking they can use and destroy our beautiful land and kill our way of life up here that we enjoy, unlike all these tweaker’s and people that can’t even speak English “hello we’re in America” not in a foreign country or Mexico but let alone they bring in meth to our towns and around our kids familys, friends because back in the day there wasn’t all this crap around here!!!! And keep it up humboldt ur making all of em go broke and running them back from where they came from. Thanks from all us old school locals

    • Uh, wasn’t it 30 yrs ago I heard Phillipsville, Tweekerville and Myers Flat, Tweekerflat? Before these kids came?

  • those are like 30 gallon plastic pots! dude is late to the party with that halfjack setup!

  • Grow more grapes

  • Long ding of the law

    In case you missed it. THE OLD DAYS ARE OVER! TOWNS GOING TO SHIT!
    FINES THAT ARENT PAID WILL LEAD TO SEIZURE OF PROPERTY. START LOOKING FOR A JOB SOMEWHERE ELSE , QUICKLY! ITS OVER! THEY HAVE ALL SEASON TO STOP ON IN AND SHUT YOU DOWN! YOU ALL HAD TIME TO COMPLY AND THE WRITING WAS ON THE WALL!

  • What about all those ponds an spot after spot on buck mountain titlow hill burr vlly and titlow hill you think this is bad just wait till they go to the more congested areas

  • Long ding of the law,

    Ex dolo malo actio non oritur – A right of action cannot arise out of fraud.

    US. SUPREME COURT DECISION – “The common law is the real law, the Supreme Law of the land, the code, rules, regulations, policy and statutes are “not the law”, [Self v. Rhay, 61 Wn (2d) 261]

    US. SUPREME COURT DECISION – “Under our system of government upon the individuality and intelligence of the citizen, the state does not claim to control him, except as his conduct to others, (injured party) leaving him the sole judge as to all that affects himself.” [Mugler v. Kansas 123 U.S. 623, 659-60.]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfkFSrZL1xA Government is not the landowner 1:39

    Whether you’re alive and awake and alert and have power is a choice. Yours.

  • For all y’all experts out there first how can you tell how big they are second sounds like jeoulsy smart pots air prune the roots so you can grow bigger plants without them getting root bound and stressed start worrying about real life problems growing takes time hard work and money farmers are hard workers some are very greedy but so is the world if you just sit on this box and criticize folks like look in the mirror that’s the world today blaming someone for there problems

  • It dont even look like thar going to get a quarter lb of them dam things i rather grow 50 monsters than that joke

  • I don’t understand why anyone would invest that much, to do it all wrong. They should look into a different career.

  • 2500 65 gal smart pots with that spacing is about 1 acre of cultivation. Not very big to today’s srandards, considering there is 60 acre biomass farms in Santa barbera owned by Chinese’s investment corps.

  • Disgusting humans .

  • that might be the second crop for the year.

  • Some folks use auto flowering genetics and don’t need to pull tarps to get two crops.

    • Autoflower bwahahaaaaaaaaaa!! That crap isn’t even worth the $100-$200 a pound that they’ll take for it. When was the last time you saw a good product come from autoflower aka earlygirl?!?! Lmao

  • I don’t even think this is a A grow that got raided, I will bet this is a ‘permitted’ grow sanctioned by the corrupt board of Humboldt.

  • Outlaw Smart Pots

    Outlaw Smart Pots!!
    What could use more water than a smart pot which wicks away 50% of the water by direct evaporation from the bag. These bags are the very reason that the Eel River and tributaries are going drier, they use 8-10 times as much water as planting in the ground as the water is constantly evaporating away. There is a direct correlation to the dewatering of the local streams and the introduction of these dumb pots which grow shitty bud since the plant is warmer than desireable and the plant os constantly lookikg for more water which has evaporated and stunted the plants.

    • SmartPots only!!! Who cares about the rivers and animals? We don’t need them anyway. Sarcasm but I do like smartpots and use them. As anything there’s a right way and a wrong way, runoff is actually easy to contain and use in your veggie garden. Btw I’ve never had stunted plants due to smartpots as well the plant does most of its growing when the soil is almost dry and needs to be watered again

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