Officers remove marijuana from a greenhouse in the Honeydew area.
According to Lt. George Cavinta of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Drug Task Force, the raids today in Honeydew and near Weott were instigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI.) Cavinta said this was a “one day operation.” Officers assisting the FBI served three warrants, two to Hindley Road near Honeydew and one to the 2500 block of Newton Road.
Several people were detained during today’s operations, Cavinta said, but no one was arrested. “Marijuana and further evidence…were seized,” he explained, but all individuals were released. This is “an ongoing Federal investigation,” Cavinta stated. No further information will be divulged at this time, he said.
A sheriff’s vehicle hauls a trailer full of marijuana from a raided property near Weott.
UPDATE 4:14 p.m.:
A large helicopter and lots of law enforcement are raiding in the Honeydew area today. A report early this morning placed a large number of law enforcement vehicles near the Honeydew exit off Hwy 101 as well as at least one helicopter headed from the south towards the same area.
Later, information confirms at least two properties have been visited. These photos are from the Old Hindley Ranch but an earlier raid is reported to have happened near Windy Nip. A report from an eyewitness states that, as of 9 a.m., there were 16 US Marshals, one helicopter, five trucks, and one U-Haul on the Old Hindley Ranch site.
There have been further but unconfirmed reports of more vehicles and more locations being raided. The US Marshals Office has not yet confirmed that their officers are involved but have promised more information. We’ll update as soon as we can.
Did we mention it was a really, really big greenhouse?
Humboldt County cows are happy with helicopters.
Large law enforcement group near the greenhouse.
One man in handcuffs, one without a shirt and lots with guns.
Sheriff’s Office Began New “Dedicated Enforcement” in SoHum Yesterday, Other Areas to See More Deputies Soon
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Sept. 9 @ 2:23 p.m. / News
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department press release:
On August 17, 2014, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office began a new and unique deployment strategy for its patrol resources. Utilizing a “compressed schedule” that consists of a combination of 12 and 10 hour shifts, the staffing levels allowed for an “overlap day” in which all patrol shifts are scheduled for the same day. The result is an increase in the number of Deputy Sheriff’s that can be deployed for that day and still allow for the normal staffing of assigned beats during the 24 hour period of time.
This overlap day has allowed Sheriff Downey to address certain geographical areas within the County of Humboldt that require a dedicated presence and enforcement action. The most recent dedicated enforcement occurred on Monday, September 8, 2014. Between 6:00 AM and 2:00 PM; seven (7) Deputy Sheriff’s, one (1) California Department of Fish and Wildlife Warden, one (1) Humboldt County Animal Control Officer and two (2) Program Workers with the Department of Health and Human Services were in the Garberville and Redway areas of Humboldt County. The group spent the listed hours walking the sidewalks of Garberville and encampments of the Redway and Garberville areas, for the purpose of addressing an increase in vagrancy, illegal camping and general loitering in those areas. The Department of Health and Human Services assisted in providing information on services that were available to those in need.
Approximately six (6) citations were issued to dog owners for various violations of rabies license needs and general dog licensing violations. There were no arrests made during the contacts, but in excess of thirty (30) people were spoken to and admonished of vagrancy and trespassing issues. Multiple warnings were issued with notice of the Sheriff’s Office returning to the area at a later date with possible arrests being made if continued violations were noted. The persons contacted were interviewed by the Deputies and they discovered the majority of those persons were in the Southern Humboldt area for the purpose of seeking employment in the processing of cultivated marijuana.
Sheriff Downey is committed to continuing these random and regular additional patrols in all areas of the County of Humboldt to address specific needs that normally cannot be addressed with daily dedicated Deputy Sheriff Deployment strategies.
Kym Kemp / Tuesday, Sept. 9 @ 7:48 a.m. / Animals
The new see-through tube at the otter exhibit is a kid magnet. We bet once your small ones see this video they’ll be begging to head over to the Sequoia Park Zoo so they can romp with these agile creatures.
Wait, one video isn’t enough? Below is another to keep your rugrats entertained until you can get them to the new Watershed Heroes Habitat.
Thanks to Richard Stenger filming for the Humboldt County Convention and Visitors Bureau for sharing these with us.
Kym Kemp / Monday, Sept. 8 @ 9:31 p.m. / Crime
Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office press release:
On 09-07-2014 at 5:32 AM Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a residence located in the 7000 block of East Road in Redwood Valley, California in regards to a reported home invasion robbery.
Upon arrival Deputies contacted an injured adult male who was the home owner of the residence.
The Deputies learned at approximately 4:00 AM the home owner was confronted inside his home by 4 to 5 suspects described as being white adult males in their 20’s (age).
One of the suspects was armed with a handgun while the suspects demanded marijuana and money. For approximately 1 hour the suspects ransacked the inside of the residence while physically assaulting the home owner and interrogating him at gun point.
The suspects eventually departed the residence in an unknown vehicle that was last seen traveling southbound in the 7000 block of East Road.
During the robbery, the suspects took several firearms (handguns and a rifle), miscellaneous personal belongings, and a few marijuana plants growing outside of the home owner’s residence.
Investigators noticed the presence of approximately 15 marijuana plants that were being grown at the location (inside and outside) and it is unknown at this time if the plants were being grown for commercial or medical reasons.
The home owner sustained facial/head injuries as a result of the physical assault but ultimately refused medical treatment at the scene.
Sheriff’s Detectives were summoned to the scene and are currently conducting follow up investigations into the robbery.
At this time Sheriff’s Detectives do not believe this home invasion robbery is connected to the home invasion robbery that occurred at a residence in the 9100 block of Colony Drive in Redwood Valley, California on 08-21-2014 (MCSO Case# 2014-22388).
Anyone with information that would aid Sheriff’s Detectives in this investigation is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office Tip-Line by calling 707-234-2100.
Kym Kemp / Saturday, Sept. 6 @ 8:01 p.m. / Fire!
Plane drops retardant on fire near Ruth Lake. [Photo provided by Andrew Frey.]
According to Peggy Phillips, Ruth Lake resident, a fire burned this evening near the Rodeo grounds. The grass fire burned approximately 1.5 acres and two outbuildings were damaged. The fire is under control and crews are currently mopping up hot spots.
Kym Kemp / Saturday, Sept. 6 @ 7:18 p.m. / Crime
Scanner traffic indicates there has been a stabbing on Evergreen way near Petrolia. The volunteer fire department is on scene and reports there there is a 32 year old male with abdominal wounds. The dispatcher indicates that there was an altercation that led to the stabbing. “The suspect is still in the area but unknown where…,” she said.