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1,480 plants, 4,057 pounds of cannabis destroyed in Grouse Creek area

GROUSE CREEK WATERSHED, CA. (KIEM)-The Humboldt County Drug Enforcement is also cracking down on illegally cultivated cannabis.

The DEU, along with fish and wildlife, and the Humboldt County Hazmat Unit, headed out to the grouse creek watershed yesterday, to investigate two parcels. Turns out, they weren’t licensed, and deputies altogether eradicated over 14 hundred plants, and over 4,000 pounds of processed cannabis. They also seized one firearm with a magazine.

No arrests were made, despite a slew of expensive environmental violation fines. Anyone with more information should call the sheriff’s office.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office: (707) 445-7251

PRESS RELEASE: HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE

On Oct. 29, 2018, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) served one search warrant to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Grouse Mountain area of Humboldt County. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Humboldt County Environmental Health and HAZMAT Unit and the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department assisted in the service of the warrant

Two parcels, located in the Grouse Creek watershed, 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 1,480 growing cannabis plants. Deputies seized and destroyed over 4,057 pounds of processed cannabis and approximately 464 pounds of cannabis shake. Deputies also located and seized one firearm with a magazine.

Assisting agencies found the following violations between the two parcels:

– Two water diversion violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Three stream crossing violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Seven water pollution violations (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Three depositing trash in or near a waterway violations (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Failure to label hazardous waste violation (up to $70,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Failure to close hazardous waste containers violation (up to $70,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Failure to report a hazardous materials release violation (up to $5,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Improper storage and removal of solid waste violations (up to $25,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Commercial cannabis ordinance violations (up to $10,000 fine per day)

– Building without a permit violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Grading without a permit violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)

– Streamside management violations

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

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