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Suspects in marijuana growing operation could have to pay $1.5 million in civil penalties

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BURR VALLEY- A marijuana grow investigation could lead to $1.5 million in civil penalties, in addition to criminal charges for three suspects.

On Tuesday morning, in the Burr Valley area, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and an official with the North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board served multiple search warrants.  They located almost 2,000 marijuana plants and two semi-automatic handguns between the three locations.  Suspects were identified at two of the three sites, none of whom were located during the searches. 

Along with criminal charges and penalties, suspects at one of the locations could receive a combined approximately $1.5 million in penalties for civil code violations, due to negative effects on the environment. 

Suspects at another location could have to pay $200,000 in civil penalties.