Water diverted from stream for thirsty marijuana grow

Mickey Maldonado

Mickey Maldonado

Two men were arrested last week for growing marijuana in Blue Lake and near Willow Creek, with one suspect receiving an additional charge of illegally sucking water out of a nearby stream.
At about 9 a.m. on Friday, July 19, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County District Attorneys Office, Cal Fire, and California Fish and Wildlife served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant at two locations.
One location was at 300 block of Green Hill Lane, Blue Lake, the other was in the 35000 block of Highway 299 near East Fork Campground, Willow Creek.
The investigation into the marijuana cultivation was initiated after the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of environmental damage at the Highway 299 location due to stream diversion. Both locations were determined to be connected prior to obtaining the search warrant.

 Carlos Godoy

Carlos Godoy

At the Green Hill Road location deputies located two suspects – Carlos Godoy, 25, from Oklahoma and Mickey Maldonado, 20, from Kansas. The deputies located a total of 550 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 3’ to 7’ , along with packaging material and scales. The marijuana was being cultivated inside and outside the residence.
At the Willow Creek location deputies located 320 outdoor marijuana plants that ranged in size from 6’ to 7’ tall, along with evidence of stream diversion, pollution and several recently constructed small outbuildings. No one was located at the Willow Creek location.
Godoy was arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony, diversion of a stream, depositing hazardous material near a stream and littering within 150’ of a stream. Maldonado was arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit a felony. They were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where their bail was set at $75,000.
The investigation into the case is ongoing with more arrests possible.