Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On May 13, 2020, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served one search warrant to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the 6000 block of Wilder Ridge Road, Honeydew, following numerous citizen complaints. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Humboldt County Code Enforcement assisted in the service of the warrant.
Three parcels were investigated during the service of the warrant. The parcels did not possess the required county permit and state license to cultivate cannabis commercially.
During the service of the warrant, deputies eradicated approximately 1,121 growing cannabis plants.
Assisting agencies found the following violations:
- Nine water diversion violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)
- Commercial cannabis ordinance violations (up to $10,000 fine per day)
- Electrical code violations
- Unpermitted grading violations
- Open sewage violations
Additional violations with civil fines are expected to be filed by the assisting agencies.
No arrests were made during the service of the warrant. The case will be forwarded to the DA’s Office for review.
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.