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Date Released: 5/22/2008
Subject: Marijuana Investigation
Contact: Brenda Godsey, PIO
Case No#: 200803111
Released By: Deputy Mark Peterson

Location: Alderpoint

On 05/21/2008 the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit served a search warrant in the Steelhead Rd. area of Alderpoint in Southern Humboldt County. Located at the scene was a large-scale sophisticated commercial indoor marijuana growing operation. The marijuana growing operation was located on a large rural piece of property. There were four structures on the property, each being used to grow marijuana. There was no living area on the property. Facilities were in place to support all stages of marijuana production, including
a cloning operation, marijuana growing rooms, marijuana drying rooms, areas to process and package marijuana, and areas to manufacture concentrated cannabis.

Located and seized from the property were 5,492 growing marijuana plants. The plants ranged in height from about 2 inches to 4 feet. There were plants at the property in all stages of
growth. Also seized from the property were approximately 97 pounds of partially processed marijuana, approximately two pounds of concentrated cannabis, two large diesel generators in place to power the marijuana growing operation, and marijuana processing and packaging

The Humboldt County Department of Environmental Health was called to the scene as there was evidence of diesel spills and there was a large quantity of used motor oil stored on the
property. The Department of Environmental Health is continuing their investigation.

This was a significant marijuana growing operation as it could produce up to 1,500 pounds of processed marijuana bud per year, with an approximate street value of about $5 million.

No suspects were located on scene, and no arrests have been made to date. However, suspects have been identified and the investigation is continuing.