[UPDATE 6:03 p.m.] Law Enforcement Serve Search Warrants on Marijuana Grows; Some Clarification on How a Farm That Applied for a Permit Might Get Served
Today, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement unit, Fish and Wildlife environmental scientists and wardens, Environmental Health’s Hazmat unit, and Humboldt County’s Planning and Building Department are serving search warrants in the Rancho Sequoia area near Alderpoint, confirmed Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are trying to get as many unpermitted marijuana farms as possible,” Karges said. Karges clarified that some of these farms may have originally applied for permits but didn’t follow through on the steps needed to get permitted. “If you are in the permitting process, but your account is inactive you are not allowed to have plants in the ground,” she stated firmly.
When asked to clarify whether the Humboldt County Planning Department requested that inactive permit applicants be served search warrants, Karges said that the process was mostly driven by complaints usually from neighbors.
“We investigate [the complaint],” she said. “We’ll collect evidence to put together a search warrant.”
She then added, “Sometimes we will hear from Planning and Building and they will say, ‘Hey, these people are no longer active in the process.'” Then she said those inactive permit applicants will be investigated.
Yesterday, the convoy was in the Hyampom area. A press release should be forthcoming today about what occurred, Karges said.
UPDATE 6:03 p.m.: Karges recontacted us in response to a question we had. She confirmed that the convoy first went to a property that was able to show it was in the permit process and officers left the property without serving the warrant.