HUMBOLDT COUNTY DRUG TASK FORCE
Eureka and Dinsmore Humboldt Marijuana Seizure
On 04/08/2009, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement served search warrants at three remote parcels of land near Dinsmore and a residence located on Mitchell Heights Road, Eureka.
Agents went to the remote property near Dinsmore and located a cabin and numerous grow structures that were in a gated and fenced area of the remote property. There were three bull mastiff dogs being utilized to guard the property.
Upon entry to the site, a white male adult, suspected to be Joseph Milch (age 28), ran from the cabin and fled down a heavily wooded embankment.
Agents secured the cabin and immediately located a loaded Glock pistol and a military-style, ballistic, load-bearing vest containing bullet-proof plates. Agents located two additional loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun, a loaded assault rifle and several loaded rifles. Agents located additional bullet-proof vests, load-bearing vests and a ballistic helmet.
Agents located and seized over 25,000 rounds of ammunition. Agents located over 50 magazines (“clips”) to rifles and handguns. Agents located books and items consistent with the manufacture of “booby-traps.”
There were several structures constructed for the purpose of cultivating marijuana. Agents located and seized 60-kilowatt and 40-kilowatt diesel generators used to power the grows. Approximately 700 marijuana plants were seized.
Two 1,000-gallon diesel tanks were also located next to a generator shed. An additional 300-gallon diesel tank was located in the shed.
Humboldt County Environmental Health responded to the locations to document the hazardous effects to the environment. There was diesel and oil spilled near the generators. Humboldt County Code Enforcement also responded to document the illegal grow structures.
Agents also executed a search warrant at a residence located on Mitchell Heights Road in Eureka. Paperwork was seized at this location. The owner of the residence was not located.
HCDTF has identified Nate Howe (age 33) as the owner of the remote properties near Dinsmore where the indoor marijuana cultivations were located and seized. Howe also maintains the residence on Mitchell Heights.
HCDTF anticipates obtaining arrest warrants for Howe and Milch.