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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Eureka Code Enforcement Uncovers Large Hash Lab

Posted By on Tue, Mar 19, 2019 at 10:24 AM

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A butane hash lab operation was shut down near the North Coast Co-op on Friday after Eureka Police Department officers served a search warrant, finding hundreds of pounds of cannabis trim and more than 100 pounds of liquid butane.

According to a release, the illegal operation at Third and A streets was discovered by the city’s code enforcement unit.

“Materials and equipment consistent with hash extraction and processing were also found,” the release states. “All equipment and materials were confiscated and criminal charges are being pursued against the individuals involved.”


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Remains Found by the Eel River in 2016 Identified

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 1:54 PM

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When George Preston Daniels didn’t show up at the Humboldt County Courthouse on March 24, 2016, for charges stemming from what authorities said they believed was a marijuana rip-off, he became a wanted man. But, most likely, he was already dead.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office confirmed today that remains found along the Eel River in May of 2016 were identified last month as belonging to Daniels.

Over the spring and summer of 2016, bounty hunters from a local bail bonds office had scoured the area — even hiring a small plane at one point to search for Daniels’ vehicle — to no avail, in spite of a reward offered by his bail bondsman.

In fact, his body had been found in May of that year by a person canoeing the Eel River near Stafford. At the time, Chief Deputy Coroner Ernie Stewart said it appeared the body had been there "quite some time" and the case was being treated as a homicide.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Major Pot Bust Yields 1 Arrest, More Expected

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 3:13 PM

Nearly 1,000 growing cannabis plants were found. - HCSO
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  • Nearly 1,000 growing cannabis plants were found.
One person was arrested and more are expected after the Drug Enforcement Unit of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office found a “substantial indoor” cannabis grow and several hash labs at a property on the 900 block of Vance Avenue Thursday.

The unit served a search warrant at the site and reported finding nearly 1,000 growing plants, 8,500 pounds of cannabis trim, approximately 275 pounds of cannabis bud and 26.5 pounds of butane honey oil. Also seized was more than $13,000 in cash.
Hash lab found at the Samoa site. - HCSO
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  • Hash lab found at the Samoa site.

See previous coverage of the operation here and here.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Reports Find Cannabis Bank Infeasible; Five Things You Need to Know About Public Banking in California

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2018 at 11:19 AM

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Once an idea batted around mostly in Occupy Wall Street circles, public banking is attracting a surge of interest among policymakers in several states, including California.

“We must break Wall Street’s chokehold on state finance and develop our own state bank,” Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom said on the campaign trail.

If California had a bank controlled by the government rather than profit-hungry shareholders, public banking advocates argue, the state could fund social goods that often get the cold shoulder from commercial institutions: infrastructure projects, low-interest student loans and affordable housing. California’s treasurer and attorney general just published two studies that look at whether a state bank could help the newly legal weed industry by providing a safe repository for cash that major banks won’t accept.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Alarms Leads Deputies to Apparent Hash Lab Stash in McKinleyville Storage Facility

Posted By on Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 10:19 AM

Components of a hash oil lab found in the storage unit. - HCSO
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  • Components of a hash oil lab found in the storage unit.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered components of a butane hash oil lab and nearly 330 pounds of pot after responding Saturday to a “duress alarm activation” at a McKinleyville storage facility on Sutter Road.

According to a release, deputies found a storage locker with the keys in the lock but no one who appeared to be associated with the unit. To make sure someone was not inside in need of help, they made entry to find “components associated with a butane hash oil (BHO) lab,” the cannabis and 26 pounds of hash oil product.

No one has been arrested and the case remains under investigation.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

McKinleyville Man Attacked, Robbed of Pot by Masked Assailants

Posted By on Thu, Dec 6, 2018 at 12:32 PM

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A McKinleyville man was attacked early yesterday morning by masked assailants who hit him on the head with metal bats and stabbed him in the chest while demanding money and cannabis, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies responded to the scene on the 2600 block of Bolier Avenue in McKinleyville around 3 a.m. and found the victim, who was taken to the hospital in stable condition, according to a news release.

The sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in locating the three suspects – described as white males, one in his mid-30s and the two others in their early 20s – who fled the scene with approximately 60 pounds of trimmed marijuana and other items.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

UPDATE: 'Most Bud I Have Ever Seen in One Place,' Officer says of 16K Pound Bust

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2018 at 10:49 AM

Marijuana bud mounded over a trench which was created by law enforcement to bury and destroy the seized product. - HCSO
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  • Marijuana bud mounded over a trench which was created by law enforcement to bury and destroy the seized product.
Yesterday, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) in conjunction with multiple agencies served warrants on four properties they believe to be related in the 4100 block of Wilder Ridge is southwestern Humboldt County.

Lt. Mike Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office described the scene as having the “most bud I have ever seen in one place.” He told the Redheaded Blackbelt that there was over 16,000 pounds of mostly processed bud. While some wasn’t in final manicure form, it had been mainly broken down into palm-sized flowers. More than $40,000 was found as well.

The team dug a trench three feet deep to bury the marijuana in the mud in order to destroy it but, there was so much, it mounded over the top and additional work had to be done, he explained.

Fridley described a high level of sophistication at the grow, with about 30 workers on site. Most of them, he explained, used passports from Eastern European nations to identify themselves. “There was a 30 person manicuring room,” Fridley said. “And a commercial kitchen.” He added that they had the biggest generator he’d ever seen.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

After Heated Meeting, Planning Commission Sends Zoning Changes to Supes

Posted By on Mon, Nov 5, 2018 at 10:05 AM

Things got heated in Supervisors Chambers at the courthouse during the Nov. 1 Humboldt County Planning Commission meeting. - FILE
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  • Things got heated in Supervisors Chambers at the courthouse during the Nov. 1 Humboldt County Planning Commission meeting.
For the second time this year, Mercer-Fraser Co., a well-known road construction company, aroused public alarm via a requested zoning change that some fear could endanger the drinking water of more than half of Humboldt County's population.

The company owns a parcel of land next to the Mad River intake wells of the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District, which sells drinking water to 88,000 customers. Mercer-Fraser came to the forefront of public awareness in January when it requested a change in zoning from Agricultural-General to Heavy Industrial and applied for a permit to operate a cannabis extraction business on the site, which would have placed dangerous chemicals in close proximity to the intake wells. After furious public controversy — and the threat of a lawsuit — Mercer-Fraser withdrew the request for the permit. However, apparently the accompanying request for a zoning change to industrial use remained on the table (Mercer-Fraser CEO Justin Zabel told the Times-Standard that plans for the cannabis extraction facility on the site are “off the table.”)

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Monday, October 29, 2018

'Come into Compliance,' Says State Water Board

Posted By on Mon, Oct 29, 2018 at 8:30 AM

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On Oct. 5, 174 notices of violation from the State Water Resources Control Board were sent out by certified mail to residents of the Salmon Creek watershed in Southern Humboldt. Over the next week, the thick stacks of letters dwindled as worried neighbors signed and took home their notices.

The letters stated that a property owned by the recipient was a “recent, or active cannabis cultivation site.” The recipient was told that before cultivation they are required to obtain several types of “cannabis regulatory coverage.”

Several of the recipients told Redheaded Blackbelt that they received the letters in error – some of those include ranchers whose neighbors were growing close to their property line, people with hoop houses for vegetable starts and those in the permit process already.

Robert Cervantes, senior engineer for the State Water Resources Control Board, and Taro Murano, a supervisor with the agency, are hoping they can help those who received the letter either come into compliance or show that they were never out of compliance.

Those who received the notice sent on Oct. 5 only have until Nov. 5 to make what Cervantes called “a good faith effort” to get their issues resolved.


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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Eureka Council to Consider Allowing Cannabis Use Establishments

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 12:59 PM

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The Eureka City Council is set to consider today whether to allow the consumption of cannabis products — with the possibilities ranging from ointments and edibles to vaping and smoking, or all of the above — at certain establishments in order to provide tourists and others a space to legally imbibe.

If approved, Eureka would be the first city in Humboldt County to move away from the take-out-only approach for cannabis, which became legal for adult recreation use in January. The council will also consider lifting restrictions on signs for cannabis-related businesses.

“The proposed changes to the Eureka Municipal Code will conditionally allow on-site consumption in certain zone districts,” the staff report states. “While this amendment will allow on-site consumption, the existing request for proposal process and the conditional use permit process for cannabis retail facilities will remain in place, allowing for control of what type(s) of on-site consumption, if any, are appropriate for each individual location.”


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