Friday, October 12 2012, 03:14 PM CDT
Massive marijuana operation found in Northern California
BLOCKSBURG, Cal.-- $4 million dollars worth of marijuana was seized in Humboldt County Thursday.
The Humblodt County Sheriff's Office, assisted by the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Team, found the marijuana and arrested 17 people after serving a warrant in the 2000 block of Sunset Ridge Road.
As deputies arrived on the property, one of the suspects attempted to jump out the back window of a resident and broke his ankle. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment before he was booked into jail.
When deputies searched the 45 acre property, they found a sophisticated marijuana growing and processing operation, according to a press release. The operation consisted of marijuana plants being grown in two large greenhouses, along with marijuana plants being grown out in the open and inside the residence. The growing marijuana plants ranged in size from 6 feet to 8 feet tall and were budding. There were a total of 718 growing marijuana plants located and seized on the property.
Inside a large drying shed, deputies located and seized approximately 900 lbs of drying marijuana bud, according to the press release. Deputies also located approximately 132 pounds of dried marijuana bud along with numerous drying racks and 261 sealed bags of marijuana bud ready to sell, packaging material, scales, a Norinco AK-47 assault rifle with several loaded high capacity magazines, a money counter and approximately $9,500.00 cash.
Several of the suspects admitted to investigating officers they were hired to work at the marijuana grow as laborers, according to the sheriff's department. Many are from out of state.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.