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Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Eradicates 165,219 Plants, Discovers 59 Environmental Crimes, 12 Firearms in Week-Long Sweep

The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office.  The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Cannabis processing tents and trash in a water drainage [Pictures and captions provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

During the week of 07-11-2022 through 07-15-2022, the County of Mendocino Marijuana Enforcement Team (COMMET) served several search warrants on multiple illegal cannabis cultivation sites throughout Mendocino County. 

All locations where search warrants were served were cannabis cultivation sites without state or local permits to cultivate and COMMET was provided assistance by the following agencies:

Mendocino Major Crimes Narcotics Task Force (MMCTF); California Department of Justice C.A.M.P Team; California Department of Fish and Wildlife; California Department of Cannabis Control; California State Parks Police; California Division of Water Rights; US Forest Service; Lake County Sheriff’s Office; Butte County Sheriff’s Office; US Drug Enforcement Agency; Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Ukiah Police Department (UPD).

In all, 165,219 cannabis plants were eradicated with 5,946 pounds of processed cannabis being seized.

There were 59 separate environmental crimes identified by Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental scientists who assisted in the investigations.

Some Seized Firearms

There were a total of 12 firearms seized, 3 of which were personally manufactured firearms (Ghost guns) and 2 were classified by the State of California as “Assault weapons.”

There were people detained at various locations during the investigations into the cultivation sites, and several of them were from outside the United States. These included such countries as Mexico, Spain, Isreal, France, and Argentina. 

An addition to the search warrants, COMMET assisted the Round Valley Consolidated Indian Tribes with a cultivation site on tribal land where persons established an illegal cultivation site after having trespassed onto tribal lands. An additional 1,740 cannabis plants were eradicated at this cultivation site.

Hoses diverting water for cannabis from streams

These cases are still under active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.

Anyone with information about operations of illegally cultivated marijuana coupled with environmental crimes are encouraged to the contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office by calling 707-234-2100 or the WeTip anonymous crime reporting hotline at 800-782-7463.

Multiple locations in Mendocino County to include:

  • 30000 block of Shimmins Ridge Road in Willits, CA
  • 50000 block of Barnes Lane in Covelo, CA
  • Area near Hargus Road and North Highway 101 in Laytonville, CA
  • 50000 block of North Highway 101 in Laytonville, CA
  • 70000 block of Dobie Lane in Covelo, CA
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