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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services serving 12 inspection warrants near Sproul Creek

SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT- The Humboldt County Drug Task Force is assisting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services in serving 12 administrative inspection warrants on land along Sproul Creek.

An area of the creek went dry in 2014, putting the Coho Salmon population at risk. Authorities believe the creek could have went dry because of alleged illegal water diversions and marijuana operations.

On Wednesday, more than 20 officers were out inspecting possible damages to the watershed from those alleged illegal activities. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services says the inspections will continue for the next few days. Authorities are asking for property owner consent to investigate the area. However, if owners deny that access, the agency does intend to serve search warrants on those properties. With those warrant, the authorities can only inspect the land, they cannot search inside homes or other buildings.