Mad River Man Arrested for Marijuana Related Charges When Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department Served Search Warrant on Two Parcels

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:

StarkeyOn June 14, 2018, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) served two search warrants to investigate the illegal cultivation of marijuana in the area of County Line Creek Road near Dinsmore. The following agencies assisted the DEU: wardens and environmental scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, specialists from the Humboldt County Environmental Health and HAZMAT Unit and inspectors from the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department.

Two parcels were investigated during the service of the search warrants. Neither parcels possessed or were in the process of obtaining a commercial cannabis permit with the County of Humboldt. During the service of the warrants, DEU deputies located 15 greenhouses and two outdoor marijuana cultivation gardens. Deputies eradicated a total of 3,075 marijuana plants and seized seven firearms.

Between both properties, assisting agencies also located the following violations:
 six water diversion violations (up to $8,000 per day fine)
 five stream pollution violations (up to $20,000 per day fine)
 two discharge of motor oil into soil violations (up to $25,000 per day fine)
 failure to prevent a hazmat spill (up to $25,000 per day fine)
 mismanagement of used oil filters and lead acid batteries (up to $25,000 per day fine)
 mismanagement of universal waste (up to $25,000 per day fine)
 improper disposal of garbage (up to $10,000 per day fine)
 improper storage and removal of solid waste (up to $25,000 per day fine)
 multiple grading without a permit violations (up to $10,000 per day fine)
 multiple building code violations (up to $10,000 per day fine)

Edward Daniel Starkey, 55, of Mad River, was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of unauthorized cultivation of marijuana, felon convicted of a violent crime in possession of firearms, streambed alteration without a permit and depositing hazardous materials into a waterway.

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.Trash and marijuana grow marijuana greenhouse Trash and marijuana grow marijuana greenhouse



  • He’s got weeds growing in his weed

    • Longtimeobserver

      Right!!! That is just strange, never seen that, how unattatched to your grow do you have to be?

    • Its purslane! Not a weed. Ots a superfood and rich in nitrogen and omegas while helping soil to retain moisture and putting back nutrients. It grows symbiotic with weed.

  • They should be charged by the AQCB for burning plastics too.

  • Phenomenal!! The Mad River needs to be protected.

  • groba dude osnt trustafarian

    Dude looks upset!

    It’s only 3,000 plants…

  • Bulgiarian beef stew

    Thats how you dep you knuckleheads!
    Fat half pounders or so.
    He didnt pay the piper, the county wants that dope money.
    Whatever happened to them 8000 letters to be sent out?
    Whatever, still plenty of time for replant!
    Smell the stew! This beef is strong! [edit]

  • Dude! At least comb your hair.

  • Good job DEU get those blatant disregard for the environment greed growers.

  • Alt Right For Life

    Can’t they hire a maid?

    Marijuana brings piled up garbage and crime.

  • John North Willys


  • Who wooda thunk, a convicted felon.


    $$$$$183,000.00 per day fine?? Who pays that the taxpayer?


      I have seen 50 crazy guys like this out in Mad River. (Almost every guy ) Not to say they are crazy but just hillbilly caught wind O’ Profit. I was just wondering when the Big Gov fines all the non grows out of existence and takes all the land, the land is not worth much of anything anyway if it can’t be used to produce crop if it will be turned back into BLM regulated by our gov not to tresspass by motor vehilce or be walked upon without a special permit; so that the populations would be controlled in city centers regulated by the Big Gov and at one point checkpoints would give no rights to leave the centers.

    • I think the owner(s) of the parcels are responsible to pay the fines.

      Also, I’m not sure but I think each instance of a violation is fined separately. For example, six water diversion violations at 8K each would result in 48K/day in fines. If so, the fines would be as much as, or more than, 328K/day! (Depending on number of grading & building violations and if the “up to” amounts are maxed.)

      Obviously, these fines are unlikely to ever be paid.

      • I wonder what happens if someone simply refuses to leave their land when the county tries to take it away for unpaid fines. Anyone have an idea? Sheriff in bearcat?

        • I suppose it depends on the aggressiveness of the county. Certainly there will be a lien filed by the county.


        I want ALLLLL the LAND out there, 1,000,000 ACRES I would put in the finest tomato and peppers world renowned!!

  • From the mugshot it looks like this guy takes impeccable care of himself. It’s hard to believe he doesn’t keep his place tidy.

  • Nice looking ghouses just about to start pulling tarps

  • This is medicine! Grown spiritually by green warriors for sick people!! Leave him alone! Where’s Gallegos? He can explain it better than me…

    • Disgusting garbage! Come on growers, every shot of greenhouses(except this grow) the grow is all neat and tidy, well cared for…then every where else is all the plastic trash from bags of soil, old tarps and food garbage…y’all go in and get fuel all the time, I see all your fuel containers lined up….TAKE some of your TRASH in every day!!!!!

  • It never ceases to amaze me that these dummies can’t spend one dime of the money they make hauling their trash to the dump. These are not farmers, just resource extractors

  • If you operate a buissness of any kind that generats hazardous waste.You must have a hazmat plan on site and all the proper channels in place to dispose of material.the hazmat building at the dump only takes a small amount of hazardous waste from buissness once per month it’s there for the purpose of helping residents .it is the buissness that is responsible for the waste it generates.

  • unbridled philistine

    pretty sure I saw his mug shot on here a little while back? Back in trouble already?

  • This message is to ALL the people and their rude comments. I have known Eddie for 38 yrs. He just wants to be left alone and most people leave him alone because he figured out many yrs. ago if you looks scary people will leave you alone. If Eddie has a sack of potatoes, bag of flower, corn meal, Wesson oil, dried meats, salt and pepper. Eddie will disappear for 4 to 5 months. Eddie was in Mad River bar twice that I know of. The DEA was out to get Eddie do to a prior arrest were someone came onto his property and the was an altercation. Deputies were called and Eddie hid in the bushes and when the Deputies could not locate Eddie they started about different ways to set Eddie up so that Eddie would go to prison for a long time. Eddie told me that he just wanted to shoot them, but that would be wrong. Also Eddie is lazy and I believe Eddie is the fall guy in these operations. So PLEASE don’t judge a book by its cover.

    • Ok I can respect that, But if your running from people and the law don’t hide out on a illegal dope farm. Seems just a little common sense

    • I don’t know this guy but living in the woods is rough no shower no electricity done it in logging camp no fun shit I wake up in the morning and look like this my heart goes out to him doing what everyone else’s is doing out there people don’t judge because you will be judged some day

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