‘Most Bud I’ve Ever Seen in One Place,’ Says Lt. Fridley of HCSO

Marijuana bud mounded over a trench which was created by law enforcement to bury and destroy the seized product

Marijuana bud mounded over a trench which was created by law enforcement to bury and destroy the seized product. [Photo from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office]

Yesterday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) in conjunction with multiple agencies served warrants on four properties they believe to be related in the 4100 block of Wilder Ridge is southwestern Humboldt County.

Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office wrote, “[This is the] Most bud I have ever seen in one place.” He told us there was over 16,000 pounds of mostly processed bud. While some wasn’t in final manicure form, it had been mainly broken down into palm-sized flowers as seen in the photo above.

The team dug a trench three feet deep to bury the marijuana in the mud in order to destroy it but, there was so much, it mounded over the top and additional work had to be done, he explained.

Fridley described a high level of sophistication. There were about 30 workers on site, he said. Most of them, he explained, used passports from Eastern European nations to identify themselves. “There was a 30 person manicuring room,” he said. “And a commercial kitchen.” He added that they had the biggest generator he’d ever seen.

No arrests were made as that “speeds up the clock” on having to file charges and get the case to trial, Fridley said.

“I didn’t think anyone was blowing it up like this anymore,” Fridley said. He promised additional information in a press release later.

He also said that the DEU would be continuing busts throughout the year. “People aren’t even trying to hide their greenhouses,” he said. “As we left, we saw a bunch of lit up greenhouses…The place was like daylight [and] you can see them from the road.”

UPDATE: Over $40,000 Seized, More Than 30 Detained: Sheriff’s Department Releases More Information on Large Cannabis Bust on Wilder Ridge Road

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