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Date Released: 1/30/2004
Subject: Marijuana Investigation
Contact: Sgt Wayne Hanson
Case No#: 200400612
Released By: Wayne Hanson

Location: Reed Mountain/Southern Humboldt

HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
INFORMATION BULLETIN
Subject: Marijuana Investigation
Case Number:20040612
Date: 01-29-2004

Prepared By : Sgt. Hanson

ON 01-27-2004 AT APPROXIMATELY 1600 HOURS THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE DRUG ENFORCEMENT UNIT SERVED A SEARCH WARRANT ON A PARCEL OF PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE REED MOUNTAIN AREA OF SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT COUNTY. THERE WERE NO SUSPECTS LOCATED ON THE PROPERTY WHEN THE SEARCH WARRANT WAS SERVED.

DEPUTIES LOCATED THREE SOPHISTICATED INDOOR MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATIONS ON THE PROPERTY. DEPUTIES LOCATED TWO STRUCTURES THAT WERE CAMOUFLAGED UNDERNEATH THICK TREE CANOPY ON THE PROPERTY. DEPUTIES SEIZED 836 GROWING MARIJUANA PLANTS FROM INSIDE OF THESE TWO STRUCTURES THAT RANGED IN SIZE FROM 2 FEET TO 3 FEET. DEPUTIES SEIZED A 30 K/W DIESEL GENERATOR THAT WAS SUPPLYING ELECTRICAL TO THIS INDOOR MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION.

WHILE SEARCHING THE PROPERTY DEPUTIES DISCOVERED A THIRD INDOOR MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION THAT WAS BURIED 20 FEET UNDER GROUND APPROXIMATELY 300 YARDS AWAY FROM THE OTHER TWO INDOOR MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATIONS. THIS UNDERGROUND GROWING OPERATION WAS CONCEALED UNDERNEATH A 10' X 10' WOODED SHED. INSIDE THE SHED DEPUTIES OPENED A TRAP DOOR ON THE FLOOR THAT REVEALED A LADDER THAT WENT 20 FEET STRAIGHT DOWN TO AN UNDERGROUND MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION. THE AREA CONTAINING THE UNDERGROUND MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION WAS APPROXIMATELY 12' X 35' IN SIZE. DEPUTIES SEIZED 355 GROWING MARIJUANA PLANTS THAT RANGED IN SIZE FROM 18 INCHES TO 2 FEET FROM THIS AREA. DEPUTIES SEIZED ANOTHER 30 K/W DIESEL GENERATOR THAT WAS SUPPLYING ELECTRICAL POWER TO THE UNDERGROUND MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION.

DEPUTIES SEIZED A TOTAL OF 1,191 GROWING MARIJUANA PLANTS IN THIS CASE. ONE INDOOR MARIJUANA PLANT AT MATURITY WOULD PRODUCE ABOUT 4 OUNCES OF USABLE PRODUCT. THIS WOULD EQUATE TO 114 ONE GRAM MARIJUANA CIGARETTES PER PLANT. THIS MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATION WOULD HAVE PRODUCED ABOUT 300 POUNDS OF DRIED MARIJUANA WITH A STREET VALUE OF APPROXIMATELY ONE MILLION DOLLARS. THREE HUNDRED POUNDS OF DRIED MARIJUANA WOULD PRODUCE APPROXIMATELY 136,200 MARIJUANA CIGARETTES. INDOOR MARIJUANA GROWING OPERATIONS CAN PRODUCE THREE OR FOUR HARVESTS A YEAR.

THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE HAVE IDENTIFIED TWO SUSPECTS IN THIS CASE AND WILL BE REQUESTING WARRANTS FOR THEIR ARREST THROUGH THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY’S OFFICE FOR CULTIVATION AND POSSESSION FOR SALES OF MARIJUANA.


 

 

 

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