Salmon Creek Bust Yields 3273 Marijuana Plants and Six Guns
Stoots said that officers from his agency were on a foot patrol of Salmon Creek earlier this year when they noticed large amounts of debris in the stream. “A short distance upstream from the debris, they identified several large greenhouses with growing marijuana plants,” explained Stoots. The agency applied for and received a search warrant from the Superior Court of Humboldt County. Then served it Thursday, said Stoots.
The Department of Fish and Wildlife took Evaristo Escalante Medrano, Joshua David Roberson, and Charles Thomas Oneal to the Humboldt County Jail. The owner, Medrano, had two outstanding Humboldt County warrants for a DUI and a drunk in public. Roberson was in violation of his probation. Oneal was a parolee at large which means that he had failed to meet the terms of his parole usually by leaving the area and not contacting his parole officer.
Merano was charged with Unauthorized Cultivation, harvesting or processing in Violation of Fish and Game Code, Possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony (whether armed or not), Maintaining a Drug House, Streambed Alteration, Littering within 150 feet of a waterway, and Water Pollution.
Roberson is charged with Probation Violation, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Oneal is charged with Parol Violation and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
All three are still in custody. Medrano has $155,000 bail. Roberson (bail unknown) and Oneal (no bail allowed.) [At the time of this posting, law enforcement had not yet released their mugshots.]
According to a spokesperson for Fish and Wildlife, the agency was aided by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department, Cal Fire, Humboldt County Environmental Health, the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, and Humboldt County Code Enforcement.
Black plastic strung up as a makeshift shield by the residents to keep those traveling by on the County Road from seeing their property. Note the cardboard attached at the bottom of the plastic. [Photo by Kym Kemp]