The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 06-24-21, the County of Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team (COMMET) assisted California Department of Fish & Wildlife Wardens with serving a search warrant on an unlawful marijuana cultivation site in the 1100 block of Hoe Road in Ukiah, California.
A separate search warrant had been previously served in this general area weeks prior for a different unlawful marijuana cultivation site. Based on observations seen on that day, a separate search warrant was authored for this particular property.
On arrival, three people were contacted and detained. A total of 2,412 illegally cultivated marijuana plants were eradicated and destroyed. There was 80 pounds of freshly harvested marijuana “bud” that was also located and destroyed.
This investigation was ultimately forwarded to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for potential prosecution.
In mid June 2020, the County of Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team (COMMET) and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force (MMCTF) began investigating an illegal marijuana cultivation operation occurring on Tribal Lands in Covelo, California.
This particular cultivation site encroached onto a privately owned neighboring parcel, that was not connected with this illegal cultivation site.
During the course of the initial investigation, probable cause was established after this property was determined to not be licensed by the State of California to cultivate cannabis. Based on the aforementioned, a search warrant was ultimately authored.
On 06-29-2021 COMMET, the Sheriff’s Office Detective Unit, MMCTF and members the United States National Guard all responded to the property to serve the search warrant.
During the service of the search warrant, three adult males were located tending to the separate marijuana cultivation sites on the property.
These subjects were detained without incident. One additional adult male was observed fleeing the property and was not located.
A total of 4,260 illegally cultivated marijuana plants were eradicated and destroyed. A total of three firearms were also found/seized from the location.
Once complete, this investigation will be forwarded to the Mendocino County District Attorney’s Office for potential prosecution.