The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt County Drug Task Force raided a large marijuana grow last week in Fieldbrook.
At about noon on Wednesday, July 10, officers served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant for marijuana in the 4700 block of Wiregrass Ridge Road, Fieldbrook. Sheriff’s deputies obtained the search warrant after receiving information by citizens about the commercial marijuana growing operation.
When Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies and H.C.D.T.F. Agents arrived on scene they located three structures and greenhouses. No one was located at the scene. Deputies searched the area.
One structure was two stories tall and was estimated to be 3,500 square feet. The downstairs was being used solely to cultivate marijuana indoors and the upstairs was being used to process and dry marijuana.
Another structure was estimated to be 2,000 square feet and was only being used to grow marijuana indoors. Deputies located marijuana being cultivated in seven greenhouses and outside.
A total of 1,449 growing marijuana plants ranging from 1 1/2 feet tall to 4 feet tall were located along with 180 pounds of marijuana bud. The indoor marijuana grows contained a total of 72 1000-watt lights with ballasts and hoods which were dormant when deputies arrived; they were being powered by a 100 KW generator which deputies seized.
Deputies saw the generator was leaking diesel and oil onto the ground and Humboldt County Environmental Health was notified of the environmental damage. A third structure approximately 200 square feet was located that was being used as a residence. A loaded 12 gauge pump shotgun was located next to the structure being used as the residence.
The investigation is ongoing into the suspect(s) responsible for this case.
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.