On May 27, 2020, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served three search warrants to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Dinsmore area. 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 warrants, deputies eradicated approximately 9,910 growing cannabis plants. Deputies seized and destroyed approximately 7,120 pounds of processed cannabis.
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)
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.