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Date Released: 8/10/2007
Subject: Record Marijuana Eradication
Contact: Sgt. Wayne Hanson
Case No#: 200704560
Released By: Sgt. W. Hanson

Location: Eastern Humboldt County

On Monday, 08-06-2007 through Thursday, 08-09-2007 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office eradicated the largest marijuana garden site in the history of Humboldt County. The marijuana garden sites were located in the Bear Creek drainage off United States Forest Service Route 1. This area is located approximately thirty-four miles south of Berry Summit off State Highway 299. The garden sites were located on Green Diamond Timber Company property and United States Forest Service property.

Officers eradicated 134,082 marijuana plants that ranged in size from 1 foot to 3 feet in height. Officers located evidence in the garden sites that linked these marijuana gardens to a Mexican Drug Trafficking Organization. No suspects were located in the area of the gardens.

At harvest time these marijuana plants would have a street value of approximately $469 million.

C.A.M.P, United States Forest Service, Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Eureka Police Department, and the United States Coast Guard assisted the Sheriff’s Office in this eradication effort.

This case is still under investigation.