On March 2, 2022, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team (MET) served one search warrant to investigate community complaints regarding illegal cannabis cultivation in the Hydesville area. Humboldt County Code Enforcement and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife 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 located evidence of a large indoor cannabis cultivation and sales operation. Deputies eradicated approximately 4,232 growing cannabis plants. Deputies seized and destroyed approximately 7 pounds of cannabis bud and approximately 4 pounds of cannabis shake. Deputies also located and seized 6.8 grams of psilocybin mushrooms, an unserialized firearm (also known as a “ghost gun”) and an illegal loaded magazine. Additionally, approximately $3,400 in cash was located and seized pursuant to asset forfeiture proceedings.
No arrests were made during the service of the warrant. The case is being forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review and criminal prosecution. Additionally, violations with civil fines are expected to be filed by the assisting agencies.
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.