Garbage bag loads lead to pot bust
The smell of nearly 700 growing marijuana plants and people loading a truck with garbage bags led authorities to a house on the 2100 block of 11th street in Arcata, where they found a “sophisticated” grow.
The Humboldt County Drug Task Force said agents received information about the smell and served a warrant on the home Thursday.
Deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department and officers with the Arcata Police Department assisted in the warrant service.
Authorities discovered that all three bedrooms in the house were being used to grow the 686 plants and the bathroom was being used to dry the plants.
Nearly 100 plants were found in the bathroom.
About 4.5 pounds of what the task force called “processed shake” was found in the freezer and agents believe it was going to be used to make hash.
A scale, financial records and two handguns were also found in the house.
No one was home at the time the warrant was served.
Firefighters from the Arcata Fire Protection District were called in to examine the wiring and determined it was unsafe. Power to the house was shut down as authorities left.
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