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Date Released: 2/9/2006
Subject: Marijuana Investigation
Contact: Sgt. W. Hanson
Case No#: 200600798
Released By: Sgt. Hanson

Location: Miranda

On Monday, 02-06-2006 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Bureau of Land Management, FBI and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration with a Federal search warrant on two rural parcels of property located off French’s Road, Miranda. At 0600 hours D.E.A. agents set up surveillance on several structures on the property that contained a large commercial indoor marijuana growing operation. At approximately 1400 hours a male suspect, who owns the property drove into the property in a pickup truck. When D.E.A. agents attempted to arrest the male suspect he was able to get away by crashing his pickup truck through a locked gate.

When the suspect fled from the indoor marijuana growing operation in Miranda, Officers immediately served a second Federal search warrant at the suspect’s residence located off Baker Road, Garberville. Officers detained three subjects at the residence. When officers searched the residence they located 11 marijuana plants, 2 pounds of dried marijuana, and a small amount of methamphetamine. Officers seized $5,000 dollars in cash from inside of the residence. Officers seized a Harley Davidson motorcycle from the garage that they believed was purchased from drug proceeds. The suspect that fled from the indoor marijuana growing operation was not located inside the residence. The three subjects, who were detained at the residence were not placed under arrest at this time.

Officers then processed the indoor marijuana growing operation located in Miranda. Officers seized 4,642 growing marijuana plants from seven separate buildings. The buildings were camouflaged under thick tree canopy and were built solely for the commercial cultivation of marijuana. Officers seized a 150 k/w diesel generator that was supplying electrical power to the indoor marijuana growing operation. Officers seized a Quad runner that was located near the indoor marijuana growing operation.

Because of the large magnitude of this marijuana growing operation, officers remained on scene until, Wednesday to collect evidence. On Tuesday, officers located the suspect’s pickup truck hidden in the brush approximately three miles from where he fled from on Monday. Officer seized that vehicle as evidence.

Humboldt County Environmental Health was requested to respond to the scene in Miranda, because of diesel fuel and oil that was leaking into the ground from the diesel generator.

The suspect has been identified in this case. At this time D.E.A. is not releasing the suspect’s name.

All follow-up investigation will be handled by the D.E.A.




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