On 05/19/2008 the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at 2371 Hwy 96 in the Willow Creek area.
Located at the residence was a large-scale sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operation. The entire house had been converted to house and conceal the growing operation. The house was no longer usable as a living area. This house was a rental, and the house had been modified without the owner’s permission. Modifications had been done to the house's wiring and heating /cooling system in order to support the marijuana grow. Many other modifications had been completed as well, and the house will require extensive repair in order to be returned to a livable state.
Located at the house were 563 growing marijuana plants, which ranged in height from about 3 inches to 4 feet. Also located was a small amount of processed marijuana, and a large supply of marijuana growing supplies.
The case is still under investigation. No suspects were located on scene. Two suspects have been identified; warrants for their arrest will be requested for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.