Drug Enforcement Unit Assisting Serving Eviction Notice Finds Cannabis Processing Center

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

On Dec. 6, 2018, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife assisted the Sheriff’s Office Civil Division in serving a Notice of Eviction at a property on Stewart Ranch Road in Southern Humboldt.

Upon arrival to the residence, deputies observed a cannabis processing center with subjects actively processing cannabis. The parcel did not possess the required county permit and state license to cultivate or process cannabis commercially.

During the service of a search warrant on the property, deputies eradicated approximately 601 growing cannabis plants. Deputies also seized and destroyed 282 pounds of processed cannabis and 367 pounds of cannabis shake.

Upon further investigation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife found that environmental violations previously identified on this property had not been corrected and were continuing to be in violation of state law. Those violations included:

  • Water diversion (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)
  • Water pollution (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation)
  • Depositing trash in or near a waterway (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation)

This incident is still under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

Cannabis plants growing in a greenhouse hcso

Cannabis plants growing in a greenhouse

Cannabis processing room hcso

Cannabis processing room

Anti-freeze found in a tote hcso

Anti-freeze found in a tote.

Oil found on the ground marijuana hcso

Oil found on the ground.

Generator leaking oil marijuana hcso

Generator leaking oil

Drying cannabis hcso

Drying cannabis



  • dumb fucks- should have payed their rent!

  • Why was the Drug Enforcement Unit serving an eviction notice?

    • Billy Casomorphin

      The landlord/owner probably was scared to go over there, since he knew the tenants were marijuana growers, and since they refused to pay or vacate!

      It seems possible that the grow and processing were reported to DEU as a complaint, which justifies search and entry.

  • Notice of eviction?

  • Since when do those Leo’s serve eviction notices?
    Seems like an abuse of authority.

    • a very long time this has been happening

      How Long Does It Take for a Sheriff Lockout in California?

    • In the article they say it’s the second time. Maybe they gave them a chance to make it right but they screwed it up.

    • sheesh
      no process servers in so hum ,
      so leo’s get the chore . I am sure no one with out a gun would want to serve this group, also they must have got a heads up from the land owner on the occupations ongoing on the land

    • the misadventures of bunjee

      How is it an abuse of authority, if they’re authorized (civil service/standby) to help with it? If tenants don’t leave or ignore eviction notices, then who is going to enforce it? Your mom? Sheriffs or other LEOs are often the ones that have to do the serving, and for good measure as evictions can and do turn ugly. And as another poster said, they didn’t bother to remediate anything from the first abatement, so time to go.

  • Ok, so how does this work? The Owner evicts the tenants who were the ones clearly violating the state laws and generally having bad practices on the land, and not paying the rent… but now.. the owner is left with huge fines from the tenants. And the second question, what if the property has “permits” but the landlord, in his natural right rents the property to an entity who then does not comply with the “state regulations”. Does the property owner then get fined for his tenants bad behavior? And what about 1st lien holders, are they protected from this strew of bad laws? Seems like the county has violated some laws here with their excessive fines.

    • The tenets pay no fines the owner does.
      Wonder what life would be like if all landlords payed for shitty tenants.
      I guess they could sue the tenets but if they are debt proof good luck.
      Maybe the tenets need to come up with a 100,000.$ damage deposit first.

    • Clean it up=zero fines

      • Even if you do ‘clean it up’, the fines may still apply… So.. the landlord is held accountable for the tenants mis deeds. How is this just?

        • Sharpen your pencil

          It is called the price of doing business. Chances are good that the landlord has raked it in over the years through the black market. All the while keeping there plausible deniability intact by “renting” out the land.

    • The landowners can be exempted from paying the fines if they can prove they didn’t cause the issue AND are actively working on clean up. Having the cops evict the tenant is actively working on clean up.

      • the property owner is responsible for the cleanup if no other party takes responsibility and no where on the NOV is it stated that evicting the tenant is a form of corrective action under the H&S code. having the Sheriff evict the tenant is just a bonus paid by the taxpayers. make sure if you sell the property to disclose everything otherwise you can later lose everything in court.

  • Why are these trimmers not arrested on site?? Ridiculous. We need to be like Singapore. Executions for drug dealers. Or at least go back to public shaming and putting these scumbags in the stocks. America is in the toilet because of liberalism. Faux law “enforcement” doesn’t help. This county is a cesspool of crime and immorality.

  • ” Drug Enforcement Unit serving an eviction notice ” Another end run around the 4th Amendment.

  • Bed down with dogs.. get fleas

    Probably seemed like a good idea at the time to call the sheriff to do your dirty work, now your stuck holding the bag and the tenets… seems like they are off Scott free

  • Eldon G. Whitehead

    Maybe all of you “so-called” smart people needs to read the laws of the State and County on how this kind of process works and let the LEO people do their job. If you don’t like what takes place around here, then you have our permission to pull up stakes and get the h*** out of the County. We could do and be better off without your stupid and bias comments. GOOD BY and don’t let the door hit you in the rear as you are leaving.

  • they have billboards on the freeway in Santa Rosa advertising pot for sale. One said onces starting at $49.00 and another said all onces on sale for $59.00. That is undercutting the black market.

  • Wish the new Bearcat was used to capture these criminals.

    Waiting to watch video of the Bearcat in action assaulting a dope scene.

  • So much of these stories are about low-level operations. I just read where a Coast Guard cutter, based out of San Pedro, busted a smuggling operation in international waters, and seized 1,000 pounds (which, again, is probably a low-level operation as these things go). As I keep saying in these posts, this stuff is way overrated.

    • It’s the local problem. You may think it’s small stuff but, if your water source was polluted or altogether taken or you live next to someone bringing in trimmers who then squat on your land, it is a really big deal. It’s not all about the product, which seems to be the only concern for most pot users and growers, but the damage they do growing it. That you don’t consider this is just part of the problem.

  • Shitty chairs, shitty tables, shitty trays, and pillows for back support. Kind of looks like that Bulgi trim that got busted a few weeks back. No respect for the product or the workers.

  • That’s $59 before taxes and a limit on how much you can buy. Black market lives. There’s a reason leagal weed is so cheap. Cause no ones buying it!!

    • a huge 15% tax, big whoop. there’s a good reason that legal weed is under 50+tax an oz. you grew too much. practice this – “welcome to walmart”

  • Shitty grow land owner probably out some money.

  • The ukiah pd uses the name “code enforcement” for cops like peter hoyle so he can freely harrass anybody anywhere. Convienently hes almost always got a sidekick from taskforce with him. Civil rights mean nothing in mendo, waaaaaaay more scared of the police than any terrorists or natural disaster.

  • Some of my neighbors in Miranda have been trying for many months to get a meth house filled with squatters closed down. The sheriff has done very little. I guess cannabis is more dangerous than overflowing sewage and meth head thieving bums who worry the entire community

  • Disgusting supervisors

    Yep its rampid through the state law enforcement==== the new age rip offs and extortionast. Time to flush these treasonous politicians like the piles of feces they are !!!!!!

  • hey kym, see the round thing on the table in the trim room, that is a rice harvesting tool, the hmongs that work for me use them instead of a trim tray…. lol , just sayin tho.. thanks again kym for putting up with all the trolls, im sure it aint easy!!

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