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Posted on: April 29, 2020

MET Serves Warrant in Dinsmore Area

Growing marijuana plants

On April 29, 2020, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served one search warrant to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Dinsmore 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 1,170 growing cannabis plants.

Assisting agencies found the following violations:

  • 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 (up to $5,000 fine per day, per violation)
  • Failure to prevent a hazardous waste release (up to $70,000 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)

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.

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