Butane Extraction Lab Found on Blue Slide Road, Man Arrested

This is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

HC16-0049 EricksonOn Thursday, March 24, 2016 at about 6:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a search warrant in the 9500 block of Blue Slide Rd in Ferndale. During the search, agents located a butane extraction lab being used to make concentrated cannabis. A total of 400 pounds of marijuana plant material, 3,804 grams of concentrated cannabis packaged for sales, 17,808 grams of marijuana bud packaged for sales, and 27 marijuana plants were seized. Thirty-three year old Steven Edward Erickson was on scene and arrested by DTF Agents.

Erickson was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional facility where he was booked for possession of marijuana for sales and manufacturing a controlled substance. His bail was set at $500,000.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or 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.



  • Well at least it didn’t blow up ,and there has always , Been drug activities Mexicans used to make crank out there .

  • Why doesn’t the sheriff report say how much money was seized? It always smacks of intentional deception to me when that is not included. That is the only item that will be cycled back into the economy. If there was NO money they should say so.

    • Because they keep the money. I don’t know anyone who’s been busted for any reason who had the correct, if any, amount of money reported in their case. Why is the packaged pot listed by gram and not pounds?

      • Lost Croat Outburst

        Because it’s a very poor HCSO press release. Sure glad Kym didn’t write it. Listing amounts in grams gives oooh-hoo-hoo big numbers for citizens who don’t know better. Perhaps no money or guns were found. Don’t laugh, it could happen. Just get the money off premises if you’re smart. Usually, it bolsters the PR value if cops can show guns and money so you have to wonder. Rumors fly that there may be a10% or more shrinkage on cash or gold in processing. On the other hand, if a few guns are found in nearby storage, they may get seized, and you may lose them, but you might not get charged with -armed-in-commission as a favor for being nice and taking your medicine like a big boy. Happened to someone I know very well.

    • How come the report didn’t say how many guns were seized? how come it didn’t say how much meth was seized? How come it doesn’t say if any environmental damage was done? How close to other houses was it? How come it doesn’t say if there was an explosion or not? If none it should say so….Ernie’s mind wants to know.

    • Not everyone in the business is dumb enough to keep their cash on site.

  • This is so wrong.he was helping the world by growing medicine lol.

  • The Humboldt trifecta is drugs, money & guns. This guy did well to have kept the other two out of his scene. It makes a HUGE difference in charges filed.

  • Only 27 plants: guess those were head stash. This guy was BOUND to get nailed. He had TONS!

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