Arcata Police Department press release:

Officers from the Arcata Police Department served a search warrant at a residence in the 1600 Blk of 29th Street on Wednesday morning, August 27th.

Upon searching the property, officers located a marijuana growing operation encompassing a large outbuilding, a large greenhouse, and the majority of an attached garage. Officers seized nearly 300 mature growing marijuana plants, approximately 500 marijuana starter plants and 3 pounds of processed marijuana.

The indoor growing operation that was being conducted inside the home consisted of numerous, 1000 watt grow lights, and was utilizing nearly 6 times the electricity of a typical Arcata family home. 

Curran Sanchez, 37, of Arcata, was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail on the following charges:

  • 11358 Health & Safety-Cultivation of Marijuana
  • 11359 Health & Safety-Possession of Marijuana for Sale

City of Arcata Building Inspectors along with Arcata Fire Protection District Personnel responded to assess the unpermitted wiring modifications that had been made to the home.

It was determined the wiring posed a significant hazard that necessitated the disconnection of electrical services.