Friday Bust Near Dinsmore: Two Arrests, Nearly 10,000 Plants, Says Sheriff’s Office

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:

On Friday, August 26, 2016 at about 9 a.m. Humboldt County Deputy Sheriffs, a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) agent, California Department of Fish and Wildlife (F&W) officers, members of the California State Water Board (CSWB), and a member of the Humboldt County Code Enforcement (HCCE) served a search warrant on two parcels located off Hwy 36 near Dinsmore, California.

Upon service of the search warrant deputies detained three individuals.

201603973 Appelbaum_280x420_thumb


The first individual was identified as 32 year old Sean Christopher Appelbaum.

201603973 Edwards_280x420_thumb


The second individual was identified as 18 year old Shane Jordan Edwards. The third individual was not associated with the marijuana grow and released on scene. Appelbaum and Edwards could not provide deputies with legal documentation supporting their marijuana grows, nor were they able to provide documentation of being in the process of registering their marijuana grow with the County of Humboldt’s Medical Marijuana Land Use Ordinance.

Deputies searched both parcels and located a total of 9,525 green growing marijuana plants, 11 firearms, 375 grams of Butane Honey Oil, 148 grams of Psilocybin Mushrooms, 172 lbs of marijuana shake, 73.1 lbs of processed marijuana bud, indicia of marijuana sales, and ammunition.

Deputies also located two man made water storage ponds each with a water pump. The ponds were made of plastic tarp and supported by rocks, downed trees, and rope. F&W, CSWB, and HCCE observed extensive environmental damage while examining the property.

Appelbaum and Edwards were taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. Appelbaum was booked for cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, manufacturing a controlled substance, conspiracy, being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm while in commission of another felony, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. Edwards was booked for the cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of concentrated cannabis, manufacturing a controlled substance, conspiracy, possession of a firearm while in commission of another felony, possession of a non-serialized firearm, possession of a firearm with multi-burst trigger device, and possession of an assault weapon. Each had their bail 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.

Click here for pictures



  • Geeze drug Dealers or what!!

  • Honeydew Bridge Chump

    Looks like F.A.G. may have beat him up, game wardens have an exalted sense of self worth from what I’ve seen.

  • Well it’s about time bravo cops good job someone dotted the leader appelbaum eye I wonder if it was the cops .or his partner did it .[edit] great job kym

  • I picture him stumbling out of his cabin at the sound of the convoy and stepping on a rake that banged him in the eye.

    • Honeydew Bridge Chump



    • And it’s also entirely possible the guy has a real disability going against him…but more to the point, Good Job F&W! af

    • Sideshow bob!

    • Rudynakooka1977nokaoi@mail

      Lol fucking guy was a asshole he shorted me for my pay and the real story was that the worker other guy messed him up! Karma guy was a trip! Funny the rake thing cause that’s also possible? Lmao? [edit]! Glad I quit and got out of there with that guy! I felt the bad vibes and he would take any advice all his way! But really when gund were going to be in the picture is when i teally decided to quit! Snd i wss noy about greed or stealinh water thats just ignorant? with him also not paying me cause it was not at all worth the stress and he fired the other worker that was doing all the wk after a whole season of work! Nah this guy was a selfish piece of shit bridge burner toe stepper! Miss treats workers like there his slaves! I guess that was bound to happen? Lol

  • Appplebaum had a black eye days before,seen him at the gas station.

  • They should explain that the weed was personal medical, and the wig and cash was from the gay prostitution ring.

  • That guy’s eye is seriously screwed up. One eye is looking at 8:00 o’clock and the other eye is looking at 6:00. That is not natural. I suspect his med insurance is not going to cover that. It’s not like he has workman’s comp. Maybe Downey’s insurance will cover it?

  • You mean one eye was fishing. The other eye was hunting ?!?!

  • Looks like too much time spent in the cabin together. Paintin each other up at nite time with the old kool-aid!!!

  • Yet no environmental charges filed?

  • Dinsmore’s finest!

  • A fine American tradition: rape the land for a quick buck… But who is more crooked, these entrepreneurs or Apple’s tax lawyers?

  • Bust the Oakland Gangsters On The 36 Who Beat Up The Veteran

    They bust these people which is good, but what about the thugs from Oakland that bought land off the 36 and beat up the US Vet? I here the committed lots of environmental damage and hav been violent. Are they going to get busted or a free pass to be assholes and shit on the neighborhood. Be careful who u sell you land to. U could ruin it for the whole neighborhood by letting the wrong peopl in. Think about your neighbors and not just the money when cashing in those land chips.

    • Honeydew Bridge Chump

      Sucks, but why do defenders of the Federal Reserve or the very people in helicopters that oppress.. why give the cogs any special treatment?
      Who cares if someone carried a weapon for a foreign occupier that cloaks with an ‘American’ flag?
      How are they different from say a Christian that won’t partake in a debt slavery system?

      We should love our neighbors, but trying to call attention to a foreign fighter for special treatment is wrong.

      I hope your friend finds peace, but carrying weapons for the occupation is just plain wrong.

  • Come on kym. We all know your agenda but seriously you gotta #cannabis this one.

  • Dyerville Loop is Not Alderpoint

    The apple baum of his mamas eye.Indicia of marijuana? Is that a native american strain? Most of the guys i know that live like this are T.V. addicts watching the soaps all the live long HOT day.Apple watches two sets at once so i hear….. and whats the deal with no crank? No hootch still? no topless trimmers?No pot to piss in. quien fwee?

  • Nobody is Homesteading any more it seems
    Very sad…………
    In fact, what these Bozo’s are doing is the polar opposite of why we all came here to live thirty years ago!!!
    Good job F&W et al…..

  • indicia = indications

  • A felon in possession of a firearm….again and again this comes up. And yet legislators and liberal mindless continue to cry about more gun laws. Yea, that will fix it, place more gun laws on the law abiding citizens so the criminals can continue to feed off the law abiding citizens.
    Close to 40 “gun” laws on the books to date and still we have problems….because we are not enforcing the laws on the books currently. Don’t keep letting the felons back onto the streets!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *