When the officers arrived they located six suspects on scene who were all detained. The officers conducted a search of the residence and property and located 293 growing marijuana plants outside the residence, ranging in height from two feet to six feet tall in the budding stage.
Inside the residence officers located approximately 126 pounds of dried processed marijuana, along with scales and packaging material. The estimated value of the marijuana would be conservatively over $400,000.
Arrested at the scene and transported to the Humboldt County correctional facility were the following suspects: Robert Hilderbrand, age 22, of Bremer, Georgia; Gregory Huffman, age 23, of Santa Rosa; Eric Linnett, age 26, of Garberville; Andrew Zappa, age 24, of Santa Rosa; Blake Zappa, age 27, of Santa Rosa; and Bobby Denmon, age 24, of Tallapoosa, Georgia.
A Sprowel Creek Road residence in Garberville where Linnett lived part-time was also searched but nothing illegal was found at that location.
All six suspects were booked on charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana. Their bail was set at $75,000.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information for the sheriff’s office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the sheriff’s office at 707-445-7251 or the sheriff’s office crime tip line at 707-268-2539.