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Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On April 30, 2020, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served one search warrant to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Garberville area. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Humboldt County Code Enforcement and Humboldt County Environmental Health and HAZMAT Unit assisted in the service of the warrant.

One parcel was investigated during the service of the warrant. The parcel did not possess the required county permit and state license to cultivate cannabis commercially.

During the service of the warrant, deputies eradicated approximately 3,285 growing cannabis plants. Deputies also located and seized $12,640 per asset forfeiture.

Assisting agencies found the following violations:

  • One water pollution violation (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation)
  • Commercial cannabis ordinance violations (up to $10,000 fine per day)
  • Streamside management violations

Additional violations with civil fines are expected to be filed by the assisting agencies.

Liana Ryf, 37, of Garberville, was cited and released on the following charges: cannabis cultivation resulting in a violation of Section 5650/5652 of the Fish and Game Code (H&S 11358(d)(3)c), littering in a waterway (F&G 5650), possession of cannabis for sale (H&S 11359(b)) and conspiracy to commit a crime (PC 182(a)(1)).

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.