Illegal Marijuana grows in Trinity and Shasta counties
California Department of Fish and Wildlife officers served search warrants on five illegal marijuana grows in Trinity and Shasta counties.
CDFW served the search warrants on June 4 and 5, 2019, in Shasta County where commercial cannabis cultivation is classified as illegal marijuana grows. While serving the first search warrant near Spootsy Drive in the Montgomery Creek area CDFW wildlife officers found 1, 752 outdoor marijuana plants. The officers arrested two suspects, confiscated eight firearms and $ 12,000 in cash.
The second search warrant was executed also in the Montgomery Creek area off Nathaniel Lane. One suspects was arrested and 948 marijuana plants were discovered.
Illegal marijuana was grown on both properties without a state or county permit to grow cannabis. Furthermore, Lake or Streambed Alteration Agreements had not been submitted nor were any steps taken to garner any licenses or permits for any of the two commercial-size operations.
In addition, on June 6, 13 and 18, CDFW officers served three search warrants in Trinity county off Barker Creek road near Hayfork. The wildlife officers discovered 5,273 outdoor marijuana plants that were illegally grown on the property. The officers detained eight suspects.
On June 13, 2019, detained two suspects found on illegal marijuana grow site with 1, 500 plants off Rancheria Creek Road.
Wait, there is more. On June 18, 2019, CDFW law enforcement officers also served a search warrant in the 100 block of Our Road in the Burnt Ranch area. During this raid, the officer found 2,425 illegal cannabis plants in the outdoor grow area, seized five firearms including a .223 caliber ‘assault’ rifle.
CDFW will file charges for all Fish and Game Code violations for all grows with the respective county district attorneys. Charges will include but not necessarily be limited to “illegal water diversions, pesticide and petroleum products placed near streams, sediment discharge and garbage placed near waterways.”
Jennifer Nguyen, CDFW’s Cannabis Program Director, explains that “seemingly harmless cultivation activities such as water diversions and land clearing can substantially disrupt wildlife behaviors and severely damage the habitats they rely on to eat, breed and survive.”
You can find more about the role of CDFW in combatting illegal marijuana grows at www.wildlife.ca.gov/cannabis.
CDFW’s cannabis program is an important part of the transition into a regulated cannabis industry in California. CDFW is working with marijuana growers to bring their facilities into compliance with current laws and to reduce and eliminate environmental violations. The goal is to remove illegal marijuana grows as completely as possible.
CDFW also asks the public to report water pollution and diversion and poaching to the CalTIP hotline by calling (888) 334-2258 or by texting information to “TIP411 (847411).