Citizen Complaint Leads to Bust of 100 Plant Grow

Marijuana Enforcement Team METThis year, we’ve been trying to keep a running list of marijuana enforcement actions in Humboldt County as we learn about them. One last one has come in.

According to Samantha Karges, spokesperson for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office,

On Sept. 25, 2020, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team deputies served a search warrant at a parcel in the Holm Creek area of Humboldt County to investigate a citizen complaint regarding the illegal cultivation of cannabis. The parcel did not have the required county permit or state license to cultivate cannabis commercially.

Deputies located approximately 100 growing cannabis plants at the parcel and numerous environmental violations. No arrests were made and the case will be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review.

Below are all the rest of the marijuana enforcement actions we know of with brief summaries and links to more complete stories if we have them. If there are more that you are aware of, please contact us at [email protected]

Known Humboldt County Marijuana Enforcement Actions So Far in 2020:

  1. On Monday, April 27: Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) Served Search Warrant in the Mattole Road Area
  2. On Wednesday, April 29: Indoor Grow Raided Today
  3. On Thursday, April 30: Marijuana Enforcement Team Served Search Warrant in Garberville Yesterday
  4. On Friday, May 8:  878 Plants Eradicated in Redway Bust
  5. On Monday, May 11Over 17,000 Plants Eradicated at Miranda Property Today, Says Sheriff’s Office
  6. On Tuesday, May 12: There wasn’t a press release but our request, Karges was able to gather some details for us. She told us,

    …[D]eputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served two search warrants to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Cathy’s Peak area of Honeydew. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife assisted in the service of the warrant.

    Two parcels were investigated during the service of the warrants. The parcels did not possess the required county permit and state license to cultivate cannabis commercially.

    During the service of the warrants, deputies eradicated approximately 2,000 growing cannabis plants.

    Additional violations with civil fines are expected to be filed by the assisting agencies.

    No arrests were made during the service of the warrant. The case will be forwarded to the DA’s Office for review.

  7. On Wednesday, May 13: Citizens’ Complaints Lead to Marijuana Bust on Wilder Ridge, Says Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office 
  8. On May 14, Karges said a search warrant was served in the Dinsmore area. At this point we haven’t received information on what MET discovered. We will request information again.
  9. On Friday, May 15: Over 14,000 Plants and Nearly 2000 Pounds of Marijuana Found at Salmon Creek Grow, Says HCSO MET Team 
  10. On May 20, Karges confirmed that there were search warrants served in Southern Humboldt but she hadn’t been able to gather details at the time we requested information. We have reports that at least one warrant was served in the Weott area. We will request information again.
  11. On May 26, MET went to a Large Indoor Grow in the Weitchpec area–18,690 Plants and 818 Pounds.
  12. On May 27, MET Served three search warrants on parcels without any permits in the Dinsmore area.
  13. On May 29, MET eradicated approximately 58,395 growing cannabis plants on a Blocksburg property without any permits.
  14. On June 3, MET eradicated about 353 plants as well as 62 grams of meth and prescription pills packaged for sales. The grow–in the area of Tobacco Road, Petrolia–did not possess any permits. One woman was cited and released. One person fled.
  15. On June 4, MET served four search warrants in the Alderpoint/Rancho Sequoia area. Deputies eradicated approximately 10,299 growing cannabis plants and confiscated a ghost gun.
  16. On June 5, we had a report of a convoy in SoHum but no further information. We will request information again.
  17. On June 17, MET served two search warrants in the Blocksburg area. “One parcel did not possess the required county permit and state license to cultivate cannabis commercially. The second parcel did not possess the required state license to cultivate cannabis commercially.” One person was cited. In addition, one trespass grow was eradicated.
  18. On June 22, a law enforcement convoy went to Fruitland Ridge and to Eel Rock Road. We will request information again.
  19. On June 24, MET “served two search warrants to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Mad River drainage area of Dinsmore…[D]eputies eradicated approximately 10,735 growing cannabis plants.”
  20. On June 25, MET served two search warrants in the Mattole River drainage area of Honeydew. “One parcel possessed the required county permit but did not possess a state license to cultivate cannabis commercially. The other parcel investigated did not possess the required county permit and state license to cultivate cannabis commercially…[D]eputies eradicated approximately 7,930 growing cannabis plants.”
  21. On June 30, a convoy went to Holmes Flat in Redcrest, then to Fruitland Ridge in the Kelsey Lane area, and returned to a Salmon Creek watershed property. See this story here.
  22. On July 14MET served one search warrant at a parcel without any permits in the Shively area and eradicated approximately 2,600 growing cannabis plants. Also, “MET deputies served one search warrant at a parcel in the Honeydew area. The parcel did not possess the required state license to cultivate cannabis commercially. “[D]deputies eradicated approximately 6,900 growing cannabis plants.”
  23. On July 15MET served a search warrant at a Briceland farm that had a County permit but not a state permit and “eradicated approximately 2,000 growing cannabis plants….MET deputies also visited an additional cannabis cultivation operation in Briceland. Upon contact with the parcel owner, deputies learned the parcel had just received its state license and verified that it was in compliance with current state and local orders.”
  24. On July 23 and throughout that week, MET conducted aerial investigations.
  25. On July 23 in the Swains Flat area, “During the warrant, [DFW] eradicated 2,181 cannabis plants and confiscated 497 lbs of drying processed cannabis.
  26. “On July 29, 2020, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served three search warrants to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Southern Humboldt area….During the service of the warrant, deputies eradicated approximately 19,523 growing cannabis plants. Deputies also located and seized 1,599 grams of Butane Honey Oil (BHO), 596- one-pound bags of manicured cannabis bud, 288 grams of cocaine, 36 explosives and nine firearms.[And] Deputies also served two search warrants at parcels in the Shelter Cove area. During the service of the warrants, deputies eradicated approximately 857 growing cannabis plants.”
  27. “From August 10-12…deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served 10 search warrants to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Blake Mountain area of Eastern Humboldt County.”
  28. During the week of August 17 through August 20, Met served multiple search warrants in northeast Humboldt County. “Deputies eradicated approximately 28,399 growing cannabis plants. Deputies seized and destroyed over 1,408 pounds of cannabis bud and approximately 5,007 pounds of drying cannabis. Deputies also located and seized eight firearms.”
  29. During the week of August 24, the Humboldt County MET team working under the direction of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and also with the Trinity and Mendocino County Sheriff’s served warrants at properties on Island Mountain Road near the intersection of Humboldt, Trinity, and Mendocino Counties.
  30. On September 2, MET served a warrant on several parcels in Shelter Cove and eradicated 408 plants.
  31. On September 2, MET assisted the Department of Fish and Wildlife with serving a search warrant on a Sprowel Creek property. “During the operation, officers eradicated over 1,400 illegal cannabis plants and documented a stream diversion.Six subjects were detained during the investigation and no arrests were made.”

(*Note: This property is near the home of this reporter)

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44 comments

  • 🕯🌳You have watch out not only for eye in sky but the snitch next door.

  • Bill from the Hill

    If they could only give clean growers a break. A grower that isn’t polluting the streams or diverting the water supply should get a 30 day minimum permitting assistance to allow the good growers to become legal begal.

  • Snitch culture. Sad to see happening here.

    • Outlaws make snitches.

      • Snitches are usually the “law and order” type of bootlicking haters. Not created or condoned by outlaws.

        • Outlaws always condone their own behavior no matter how harmful. With them it’s always the other guy’s fault for interfering with their self indulgence. That sort of distortion in thinking is what they mean by snitching. To them everything but their own way is “bootlicking.” So yes, even the word itself is a creation of an outlaw’s self importance.

    • Criminal drug dealer culture. Sad to see happening here.

    • Be a good neighbor, especially if you are also planning to be an outlaw.

      • What a useful philosophy. I have one pot smoking neighbor- not growing but stinking up the air 20 hours a day for hundreds of feet around his house. He manages to tick people off in a myriad of other ways. He’s always complaining about how others behave to him. Surprise,surprise.

        I have another neighbor who grows but respectfully. He’s easy to be around and no one troubles him.

    • we’re gonna keep snitching, so you better start cleaning your crap up.

  • Did they have a valid 215?

  • The humboldt county planning department has ruined our local economy! The sheriff department needs to be stopped!

    • First things first, just Say NO, to another term for Estelle Fentanyl, that more than anything else will help!!!

    • Patriot in Willits

      Legalization and greed have ruined your local economy.

      • Right, dipshits “blow”ing through hundreds of thousands of dollars instead of saving and investing…… You go that right! Never seen so many incompetent people with so much money. These people spend money like an 8 year old on an unlimited expense shopping trip! Only they are 30 and 40 yo with drug and spending problems….

  • Really? 100 plants.. What about the cold-case disappearances?

    • Rights…. 100 plants, wtf is this the 80s and Reagan!?!?! This is wasteful. Unless there is a bunch of environmental issues they don’t have listed (which they always do)….. Seems more like a case of the HCSO getting tired of the citizen complainer and had to deal with it. Must suck to deal with so many Karen’s!!!

  • 🕯🌳It use to be so nice up here until they legalize it then everyone became snitches 👁Beware of others drones.

  • If they wldve just permitted all the small, old school grows in the beginning of legalization, we wld be in much better shape now. OUT WITH JOHN FORD! Steve Madrone is the wisest prevailing brain in the whole group! Small is beautiful & Humboldt was doing fine before the Greenrushers invaded. What a debacle it is.

  • NeighborsNotEnemies

    The “KAREN” who called this one in aught to be ashamed.

  • Over a hundred plants? Wow

  • NeighborsNotEnemies

    I have said it time and time again. Snitching on your neighbors is the oldest bullshit in the history of mankind.

    The Romans had a snitch line, probably used snitch messenger birds lol.

    The Nazis definitely had a snitch line.

    The USA definitely had a snitch line for suspected commy neighbors in the 50’s.

    My point is there ur fucking neighbors, not your enemies. Stealing there dreams by snitching on them is absurd. A citizen complaint in a rural area, about plants growing.

    I’m glad your not my neighbor, I don’t need my land covered in pink shit.

    • We care more about the environment than your profits. Sorry! Pretty easy to follow the law.

      • None shall poach in the King’s Woods! God save the snitch queens. Be a part of your environment, not a bourgeois peeping tom.

    • most of the time the neighbor is blamed by the cops and the real snitch — usually someone who got busted out east, or a trimmer who feels slighted, etc… I do know the cops use the neighbor thing when the clear culprit is the guy who got busted huge but didnt do any time in a state like Idaho.

  • The Stapp Fales country has been invaded. Who would have ever thought.

  • Some snitches in weitchpec too that are hating since they got cut down. So then they want to try and rat out neighbors too.

  • Maybe if these grows were done legally or they were growing for their own use this wouldn’t have happened. Don’t blame the snitches, blame the greedy grower who if they would have been growing for their own use and not a profit while doing it illegal, would not have gotten in trouble. Don’t get me wrong, I am a smoker.

  • No-one-likes-a-snitch

    I absolutely agree with what your saying but, heres my opinion: Some people gotta do what they gotta do to get by in the world, and to some people the easiest route to them is it grow and sell. You don’t get very much out of it anyways, i mean I’ve been through tuff times and had the same stuff happen to me.

  • If you’re going to have any illegal activity, treat your neighbors well, don’t be a douche and be surprised when they turn on you

  • If you rip up the road in an open exhaust gro-dozer, don’t expect sympathy.

  • Good job community, this is how you get rid of the illegal, dumb ass punks grows who completely don’t give a shit about our community!!

    Well done, keep it up.

  • Fuck illegal grows of any size. Fuck weed. It has absolutely ruined this community and county. It helped bring in every loser from other counties and states, and allowed the hard drugs just to be a part of the ‘deal’. No economic growth, the community still looks stuck in the 70’s.

  • I like to say fuck u and the horse you rode in on

  • I wonder how many anti gun growers are making out? If I was in humboldt, and was growing, I would have me a real fine arsenal, cause it will only get worse now that harvest is here! Yes sir along with all of those cool grow things, y’all need some smoke sticks, and not the get high kind!

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