Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Environmental Crimes Discovered at Bell Springs Cannabis Grow—1,423 Plants Eradicated

The following is a press release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Plants in a hoop house at the Bell Springs cannabis grow [Photograph provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office’

On Aug. 9, 2022, officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant in the area of Bell Springs Road in Laytonville. Support was provided by CDFW environmental scientists. 

Prior to serving the search warrant, a records check was conducted on the property to determine what steps may have been taken to secure a county permit and state license. In this case, no county permit or state license to cultivate commercial cannabis had been issued. 

Sixteen environmental violations were documented, including a water diversion, streambed alteration, as well as litter, sediment, and other substances deleterious to California’s resources that were near waterways.

Officers eradicated 1,423 illegal cannabis plants. The investigation is on-going and no other information is currently available.

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