Petrolia trailer leads to marijuana grow in Dinsmore

Humboldt County Sheriff’s office deputies doing a follow- up investigation into a Petrolia travel trailer grow operation in June, were led to another grow and a stash of dried marijuana on Monday, Sept. 17 according to officials.

The Petrolia grow led deputies to a Tompkins Hill Road residence in Eureka, where the travel trailer was registered, according to a press release.

Deputies saw a growing marijuana plant in the front yard and smelled marijuana, and obtained a search warrant.

Deputies found six large garbage bags full of dried marijuana in the home, as well as weapons and stolen property, the release said. There were three teenagers at the residence.

While deputies were searching the home, the owners arrived. Juliet Lorist, 50, was arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale, contributing to a delinquency of a minor, and child endangerment, the release said. Her bail was set at $75,000.

Lorist’s husband Jean-Paul Lorist, 49, was released to take care of the teenagers, but ordered to appear in court on the same charges.

Deputies found information that the Lorists also owned property on Bear Creek Road in Dinsmore. Deputies obtained a search warrant, and searched the home in Dinsmore at midnight, the release said.

There, they found 256 marijuana plants, some over eight feet tall. They also located a marijuana-drying shed and a trimming room, according to the release.

The Sheriff’s office asks anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity to call the Sheriff’s office at 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s office crime tip line at 268-2539.

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Juliet Lorist