“These subjects were armed with firearms and held a number of victims who were at the property at gun point while demanding money. A firearm was discharged at or near the victims during this incident.”
During the operation, officers eradicated over 28,000 illegal cannabis plants, removed over 4,900 lbs of processed cannabis, seized six firearms and confiscated approximately $100,000 in cash. CDFW’s environmental scientists documented more than 75 environmental crimes.
Gunfire Ensues After Two Intruders Claiming to be Law Enforcement Attempt to Rob a Redwood Valley Marijuana Grow
Captain Van Patten said the man woke up to two individuals bursting through the screen door claiming to be law enforcement and they mentioned something about needing to evacuate because of a fire.
“At the conclusion of both search warrants, the property was found to have a total of 6,849 marijuana plants in addition to the two thousand pounds of hanging/drying bud marijuana previously stated.”
Lake County Marijuana Bust Destroys Over 50,000 Plants, Seizes Firearms & Cash, and Reveals Environmental Violations
“On site, officers and staff eradicated 51,799 illegal cannabis plants, confiscated seven firearms, seized over $27,000 in cash and documented approximately 40 Fish and Game Code crimes.”
“A total of 6970 marijuana plants, ranging in height from 1 foot to 7 feet, were eradicated from the 45 gardens. 1860 pounds of dried marijuana bud was located and destroyed. In one building on the property deputies located a false wall behind which they found 4 assault rifles, one bolt action rifle, and three handguns hidden in the wall (pictured below). One of the handguns was reported stolen out of the Stockton area.”
Sheriff Kendall said the raid was a continuation of MCSO’s efforts to rid Covelo of illegal marijuana. Ultimately, Sheriff Kendall said the aim of the raids is to demonstrate that it is “too expensive” to grow illegally in Round Valley.
“I’m frightened by the prospect of having to shutter my cannabis business. I’m concerned about the future of regulated cannabis in the state of California. I’m saddened by the public discourse that I see.”