On 07-17-2007 at 0900 hours the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on a rural parcel of property located in the Ah-Pah Creek area off the Klamath River. The Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Yurok Tribal Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office with this investigation.
Officers used boats to reach the search warrant location, because it is located on the east side of the Klamath River and there are no roads leading to the property. When officers arrived on scene they detained two subjects, who were identified as Nixon Cecil Hall age 65 and Gordon Ralph McCovey age 54.
Officers searched the property and seized 971 outdoor marijuana plants that ranged in size from one foot to six feet. Officers searched a cabin located on the property and seized 9 pounds of dried marijuana, a hypodermic needle and a loaded 12-gauge shotgun.
Officers arrested Nixon Hall for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales and for violation of probation. Gordon McCovey was arrested for possession of a hypodermic needle. Both suspects were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility in Eureka, where they were booked on the listed charges.
Officers through their investigation on scene, have identified at least one other suspect in this case. An arrest warrant will be requested through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for that subject for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.
This case is still under investigation.