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Date Released: 10/3/2013
Subject: Marijuana Cultivation/Arrests
Contact: Lt. Steve Knight
Case No#: DTF 13-123
Released By: Lt. Steve Knight

Location: Carlotta

On 10-02-2013, approx. 0930 hours Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents assisted by Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Deputies served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant at 280 Golden Gate drive, Carlotta. When the officers arrived they located six suspects on scene, all were detained. The officers conducted a search of the residence and property and located 293 growing marijuana plants outside the residence, ranging in height from 2’ to 6’, tall in the budding stage. Inside the residence officers located approximately 126 pounds of dried processed marijuana, along with scales and packaging material. The estimated value of the marijuana would be conservatively over $400,000.00.

Arrested at the scene and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility were the following suspects:

Robert Hilderbrand, 22 years old from Bremer, Georgia
Gregory Huffman, 23 years old, from Santa Rosa, California
Eric Linnett, 26 years old from Garberville, California
Andrew Zappa, 24 years old from Santa Rosa, California
Blake Zappa, 27 years old from Santa Rosa, California
Bobby Denmon, 24 years old from Tallapoosa, Georgia

All six suspects were booked on charge of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Their bail was set at $75,000.00. All six are still in custody.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


Mike Downey
Sheriff