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Date Released: 7/14/2007
Subject: Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Contact: Deputy Mark Peterson
Case No#: 200704048
Released By: Sgt. J. Sylvia

Location: Willow Creek

On 7-13-07 Humboldt County Drug Enforcement Deputy Mark Peterson was conducting marijuana eradication operations in the Redwood Valley area of Willow Creek when he responded to a reported assault in the same area. Deputy Peterson contacted the victim who reported he confronted a neighbor regarding a dispute over water rights. The neighbor, Michael Zarback, reportedly struck the victim in the head several times with the butt of a shotgun.

Deputy Peterson contacted Zarback at his residence regarding the assault. During the contact, Deputy Peterson saw evidence of a marijuana growing operation. A search warrant was obtained and a search of the area was conducted. Deputies discovered 1,031 growing marijuana plants, 100 drying plants, and several pounds of processed marijuana.

Zarback was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon and marijuana cultivation.