Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Another grow house

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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Then there's this: The Influence of Mexican Drug Cartels in Humboldt Countyk

19 comments:

Kevin L. Hoover said...

I love the way these grow houses are always "sophisticated."

I envision them wearing a diamond cravat, maybe an ascot and effortlessly tossing off Noel Coward lines for dapper repartee.

Rose said...

I gather "sophisticated" means they know how to cut holes in walls, run pipes and hang lots and lots of lights... usually in houses that don't belong to them.

Howlsatmoon said...

A Marijuana bust in Humbodlt County? Who'd a thunk it? Almost as rare as a Meth bust in Palmdale-Lancaster.

I must say that it's been going on a long time, but I can see that with the relatively new Cartel influence, and their penchant for violence, it's got to be "dicey".

Going for a hike in the woods can end up far worse than the peaceful, commune with Nature, experience you were looking for.....

Wollf

mresquan said...

If you see a Mexican on the street or anywhere,kill them immediately.If you don't so,they'll kill your friends and family at their first chance.And don't let anyone tell you that racism is bad,those people also want you to die.

Rose said...

Hope you're being facetious, Mark.

While the drug cartels may be new - the threat to safety is not - it started in the early 70s, at least in the Fieldbrook area. We used to ride our horses in the mountains above Fieldbrook - on logging roads sometimes. But when the lands where bought up by the dope growers, young college students mostly, not much older than we were - we had to stop because we were getting shot at by people protecting their grows.

mresquan said...

I doubt that they were Mexican.

mresquan said...

And when I was living down near Salmon Creek about 10 years ago,a friend was coming to visit from Huntington Beach,I got a call from him and he said that he had just turned onto Thomas Rd. and couldn't go further,and he couldn't explain why.When I got there,there were 4 people pointing guns at him and his wife.Turns out that he wasn't sure how far he had to go,and wanted to let his dog out to take a piss,as soon as he stopped,the truck with those folks pulled up to him and began questioning him.I'd seen a couple of them before and knew that they lived in the relative area.I didn't stay there much longer after that.

Rose said...

Nope - they were young college age white guys - putting all their drive and amibition into culling male plants and growing better sensimilla.

If they had put that drive and ambition into growing better tomatoes they could have eliminated hunger and starvation in our time.

Some of them had families that they put at risk. Some were also on food stamps and WIC.

Kevin L. Hoover said...

"I gather "sophisticated" means they know how to cut holes in walls, run pipes and hang lots and lots of lights... usually in houses that don't belong to them."

Well, that's disillusioning.

But I think "elaborate" would be a better adjective. The one at LaVina's house would be "sophisticated" by their definition, but while it was extensive and intricate, there was considerable crudity in the implementation - the kinds of things you describe, like holes in walls, floors, lots of duct tape holding things together, damage, etc. That's not sophistication, just elaboration.

And no Noel Coward repartee.

Howlsatmoon said...

¿Cuál es exactamente su problema Sr Esquan?

Yo estaba comentando sobre Gangsters, y no los mexicanos. ¿Quién es el Rascist aquí?

Eres más malo que marihuana. Cagaste y saltaste en la caca.

Tirate a un poso, baboso.

For my Gabacho brothers and sisters, I have gently taken mresquan to task for his annoying habit of twisting things to his own agenda.

Please forgive my grammar. I haven't written in Spanish in some time.
Best regards,
Wollf

mresquan said...

"I have gently taken mresquan to task for his annoying habit of twisting things to his own agenda."

Pot decriminalization is part of my "agenda".Hmm,I'd like to see it legalized or decriminalized,wouldn't say it's part of any agenda.That's just rational thought.

Rose said...

I don't know what the answers are, but what is happening now sure isn't working.

Prop 215 was meant, some say, to allow people to use pot as a drug to help with the horrific ravages of cancer and disease. Even if you were anti Pot, you couldn't be against something that enabled chemo patients to have an appetite and an urge to eat, which could save their lives.

Others would say it was a thinly veiled move towards legalization, a sham - and that is what it has become, with pot docs dispensing 215 cards to healthy young people who must feign an "illness."

No one envisioned that it would mean people taking over rental houses, filling them up with dirt, hacking holes in walls and floors, running sub-code piping and electrical lines, large gasoline and butane stashes, stupendous electricity bills and ultimately - fires.

No one envisioned that they could destroy a landlord's property and no one would do anything about it.

Is legalization the answer? One would have thought that this generation would have made that its first priority. Or are there other, more serious unintended consequences - things we can't even imagine?

Kevin L. Hoover said...

"Pot decriminalization is part of my "agenda".Hmm,I'd like to see it legalized or decriminalized,wouldn't say it's part of any agenda.That's just rational thought."

Mark! The punctuation police are very unhappy with you.

1. Punctuation goes inside quotes, like "this." Not "this".

2. Leave a space after periods and commas.

Excellent apostrophe use, though. Points for that.

mresquan said...

I hate leaving spaces,it's a personal peeve.Bizarre,I know.Jack Kerouac was notorious for bad punctuation,and he did alright.

Kevin L. Hoover said...

"I hate leaving spaces,it's a personal peeve.Bizarre,I know.Jack Kerouac was notorious for bad punctuation,and he did alright."

It's distracting. Plus you went and did a comma splice, compounding the affront to proper style.

robin shelley said...

And then there was e.e. cummings...

robin shelley said...

Kevin,
Seems to me punctuation marks go inside the quotation marks only if it's a direct quote. Otherwise, the punctuation mark is made outside the quotation marks.
High school typing students are (or, at least, used to be) taught to leave one space after a comma & two spaces after a period.

Kevin L. Hoover said...

"Seems to me punctuation marks go inside the quotation marks only if it's a direct quote. Otherwise, the punctuation mark is made outside the quotation marks."

In Great Britain, yes. But take a look at any newspaper or book in the U.S. Only semi-colons go outside quotes. It's standard AP style.

"High school typing students are (or, at least, used to be) taught to leave one space after a comma & two spaces after a period."

Right with the comma space, no to the two-space thing. We editor types have to search and replace out the unnecessary extra spaces between sentences as they cause problems with text placement.

mresquan said...

Just so you know Kevin,I only dedicate this particular style to the blogs.