MET at Blocksburg Garden Last Friday

starting marijuana garden

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s MET team:

On May 29, 2020, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served one search warrant to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Blocksburg area. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Humboldt County Code Enforcement assisted in the service of the warrant.

One parcel was investigated during the service of the warrant. The parcel did not possess the required county permit and state license to cultivate cannabis commercially.

During the service of the warrant, deputies eradicated approximately 58,395 growing cannabis plants.

Assisting agencies found the following violations

  • Six water diversion violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)
  • Three water pollution violations (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation)
  • Commercial cannabis ordinance violations (up to $10,000 fine per day)

Additional violations with civil fines are expected to be filed by the assisting agencies.

Three subjects were cited and released on charges of illegal cultivation of cannabis resulting in violation of the Water Code relating to discharge of water (H&S 11358d3b), water diversion (F&G 1602), water pollution (PC 5650), driving without a valid license (VC 12500), probation violation (PC 1203.2) and operating an OHV on a roadway (VC 38025a).

Anyone with information about 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.

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39 comments

  • That field looks tiny mom and pop style

  • Not only no pay day for that crop but fines too! Way to go!

    • Alf. That’s a minimum of 250k in plants alone! Between set up, paid workers and land lease they were a half million deep. Than again 30,000 lbs is 30 million min. You can spot that from the space station, let alone any other surveillance. Donkeys.

    • Fines???? What the F#@$!!! They won’t be able to pay these fines… Going to loose their land… Period, told you all long ago.

      • Tax tax tax tax tax, Humboldt politics of greed

        That field looks like the governments is over reaching, killing a plant that helps patients. Greed from the gov to the grower no one cares about the patients that are missing out on there medicine. Now we got to go to the D TO GET ROBBED ON QUALITY AND PRICE. The patients ends up paying way more for meds when cannabis is taxed every time it’s touched. Tax on square foot ,tax on water, tax on process, tax on tax, tax on sale, tax on retail sale, tax on your profits, tax the land, tax the nutrients, tax tax tax tax tax tax tax. Nothing changed from Hearst, tax tax tax tax , over tax it no one will be able to afford it. California is over taxing everything from our food TO fuel to cannabis
        just to make the cannabis industry pay for the mismanagement of California starting here in Humboldt the highest food and fuel prices in the USA

      • The fines go away and nobody takes your land for growing these days . Have had a more than a couple abatement letters come my way.

        The bank can take it for not paying a mortgage though. And if you want to “legalize “ said garden you just got caught with (I don’t know why you would) then the county will juice you for all you got for the possibility of that opportunity, but it’s cheaper to just get another piece of property and then you have tangible equity that you can trust, not some promissory note from a county infamous for its internal corruption.
        Be a good steward of the land and you will do quite well. Spread the wealth locally and we all do well.

  • I like the fact the plants are actually planted in the ground.
    Lots of kudos for no plastic pots or grow bags.
    Real farming.

    • Agreed. There oughta be lots more growing like that. They got busted for the usual BS water violations, but will they get any good points for greatly reducing plastic waste and growing like actual farmers? Of course not.

  • Willi? Want to take bet?

  • damn, is that a record?

  • 🕯🌳They were babies, there killing babies. 🐸🌍🕊🖖

  • Forgive my ignorance, but why would they plant those so tightly packed? Seems like if they were spaced out more with room to grow they could get the same yield from far fewer plants.

  • Late start on the year, maybe 1/3 lbs. Per plant… That’s, 3000lbs. of crappy dirt weed no one wants to trim, sell or buy…. Just sad.

    • Math has never been one of my strong points but I come up with a little under 20,000 pounds which is conservatively at least $10 million.

  • That’s only 58,392 more than I’m growing.

  • That’s a violation, of your probation.

  • And that’s how it is now….You can be on probation, grow over 58,000 plants, commit environmental crimes and all that happens is you get cited and released on site in your garden. To go get some more plants quick! The fines are attached to the land- whose owner might not even know this is happening- not attached to the people growing these plants. The land will now be grown on forever because it can’t be sold or developed with those heavy fines attached. The county is basically designating parcels like this as “perpetual grow parcels”. Are we winning that war on drugs yet? Ha Ha!

  • Don’t tell on yourself, who cares. ? The world is going to shit,,!

  • Can they get some better frigging pics? 58k plants may ass, maybe 5000 And that’s a stretch As far as the pics say. same with the last few busts, wheres the clone room pics? Let’s see some friggin plants!. Seems ridiculous at this point if humboldt is the only county Waging the war on drugs. All they had to do was wait one more year and not pass $64 the price was already rock bottom war Was over no more $ in it. But hey whatever keep it up I guess, Need that paycheck.

  • Doesn’t That look exactly like the place they used the skid steer last year? I’m sure there’s still pics on here somewhere.

    • They could just go back annually to all the places they bust. Talk about job security! Once the fines are attached to the property the property loses any value EXCEPT as a grow piece. They can’t take away the sun or the soil or the water or gravity. The fencing remains and usually the waterline too. What could possibly happen there next? Umm…somebody puts in more plants! So yeah- why would anybody not keep growing? Same weed war. As Mendo Mama says Always Evolving Never Resolving…Their only way to beat it is to destroy the market by oversupply – but now they have created a tax base of permit pansies so Ha Ha Ha!!

  • “ garden “

    Lol

  • I would say anything under 1000 square ft is ma and pa. You can make a pretty damn good living with that amount of square footage

  • Hey False Fry. Good question.. but find your own handle.. I would also say it’s your growing style, and not just the size for number of plants.. If I had to put a size or number of plants.. would say under 2500 sq ft would be super small, and have fairly small impact. Even 5000 sq ft is still small, and definitely craft.. 1000 sq ft is probably challenging to make anything off of.. I would say 1000 Sq ft is straight medical.. 10,000 square sound like a lot.. but it’s only 1/4 of an acre. That’s probably why the regs word it like that to make it sound like such a huge deal.. Number of plants.. depends on what style, it’s everything in between. You could fit 1000 plants into 2500 square ft for sure. But not 1000 full term large plants.. maybe 50 large.. but that would be pretty packed… As with most things Cannabis in my eyes.. it’s quirky. The regulations in Cali are not sensible.

  • the Marijuana Extortion Team! the balls on you boys…

  • It’s most likely an Oil field and it’s really no different from what this Farmer in Oregon is doing.. raising Cannabis for extract companies.. “legally”

    The $25 Dollar pound…
    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjOobPjzenpAhXHVc0KHTHFCNIQFjAAegQIBRAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cannabisbusinesstimes.com%2Farticle%2Fthe-25-pound%2F&usg=AOvVaw25r9tcFZ5jJGCXNYduMVYS

    If you look closer at the first picture though, the plants are actually in potting soil in the ground I believe. The second picture looks almost like a different technique and is probably in furrows..

    I mean I Don’t like seeing this much Cannabis because I know it will flood the market.. but other than that.. how’s this different than what any other farmer would do? If Cali.. would just truly “legalize” it and get rid of this “quasi” legalization.. so ridiculous.

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