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