The following is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office issued today:
On Wednesday, at approximately 10:00 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff's Office deputies drove to Mountain View Road, Kneeland in regards to marijuana being grown in large greenhouses. Deputies had obtained a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for the greenhouses and a structure on the property. When deputies arrived on scene they served the search warrant. They did not locate any one on the property or in the structure.
When deputies searched the property they located 880 marijuana plants being grown in four green houses and an outdoor garden. The plants were all approximately 6 feet high.
Deputies searched a metal garage type structure which had been converted into a residence. Deputies located a Butane Hash lab in the metal structure, along with approximately one pound of Butane Hash Honey oil.
Deputies saw water was being diverted from a nearby creek and a large area had been graded and clear cut. They also saw that numerous trees up to two feet tall had been cut down. A California Fish and Wildlife Warden and Biologist responded to the scene. They determined the diverted water flowed into the Mad River drainage. California Department of Fish And Wildlife is investigating possible California Resource Code violations they located on the property and will possibly seek additional criminal charges.
Deputies have identified several possible suspects in the case, and the investigation is continuing.
Anyone with information for the sheriff's office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the sheriff's office at 707-445-7251 or the sheriff's office crime tip line at 707-268-2539.