Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit eradicated 10,068 growing marijuana plants from Pacific Lumber Company property yesterday. The plants ranged in height from three to six inches and were located in the Larabee Valley area, east of Bridgeville. The grow site was protected by an electric deer fence and had an automated watering system. No suspects were located at the site but supplies had been left at a staging area. Evidence was collected and the case is still under investigation.
The marijuana grow was located about one half mile from the site where Eloy Infante-Toscano was killed after aiming a loaded shotgun at a Sheriff’s Deputy in October of 2007. The public is reminded that should they find a grow site, leave the area immediately and notify law enforcement.
“There are foreign drug trafficking organizations operating in and around Humboldt County,” said Sheriff Gary Philp. “These marijuana grows can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars to those organizations and they can be motivated to protect their investment.”