On Oct. 11, at 9:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office assisted by the Eureka Police Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Humboldt County Drug Task Force served a Humboldt County Superior Court search warrant in the 2000 block of Sunset Ridge Road, Blocksburg. Deputies located and detained 17 suspects at the location.
As deputies announced their presence one of the suspects, identified as Jonines Ibonnet, attempted to jump out the back window of the residence and broke his ankle. He was transported to a local hospital and treated for his injury prior to being booked into jail.
While searching the 45-acre parcel deputies found a very large sophisticated marijuana growing and processing operation. The operation consisted of plants growing in two large greenhouses estimated to be between 60 feet by 100 feet, along with other plants growing out in the open and inside the residence.
The residence and greenhouses were powered by two commercial size 25 KW generators. The growing plants ranged in size from six feet to eight feet tall and were budding. Deputies estimated the growing plants to have at least one to two pounds of marijuana bud on each plant. There were a total of 718 growing plants located and seized on the property. Inside a large drying shed, estimated to be approximately 60 feet by 40 feet, deputies located and seized approximately 900 lbs of drying marijuana bud.
Inside the residence deputies located two commercial marijuana trimming machines being used to trim the dried bud. Deputies also located approximately 132 pounds of dried marijuana buds along with numerous drying racks and 261 sealed bags of marijuana buds ready to sell, estimated to weigh approximately one pound or more each, along with packaging material, scales, a Norinco AK-47 assault rifle with several loaded high capacity magazines, a money counter and approximately $9,500 cash.
A total of approximately 1,293 pounds of dried marijuana buds were located. Dried marijuana buds are currently being sold for approximately $2,000 a pound. The estimated value of the dried marijuana buds seized is $2,586,000 wholesale.
If the growing marijuana plants had been harvested they would had yielded conservatively an additional 718 pounds of dried marijuana buds estimated wholesale value of $1,436,000. The total value of the marijuana seized is estimated to be at least $4 million in just marijuana buds, not including the leaves.
Several of the suspects admitted to investigating officers they were hired to work at the marijuana grow as laborers.
The following is a list of who was arrested at the scene and booked in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit a felony:
Elber Dejesus Ivonnet, male, age 53, North Bergen, New Jersey, bailed out.
Geyler Melo-Pueyol, male, age 22, Miami, Florida, bail $75,000.
Richardo Mateos-Perez, male, age 22, Homestead, Florida, bail $75,000.
Fernando Olvera, male, age 39, Santa Rosa, California, bailed out.
Luis Manuel Sosa-Vega, male, age 47, Santiago, Cuba, bail $75,000.
Jose Pulido, male, age 42 from Los Reva, Mexico, bail $75,000 and ICE hold.
Hildegarde Safont-Arias, male, age 42, Hialeah, Florida, bail $75,000.
Disney Bolanos-Chacon, male, age 41, Charlotte, North Carolina, bail $75,000.
Jonines Ibonnet, male, age 42, Oakland, California, bailed out.
Terrence Henderson, male, age 43, Eureka, California, bail $75,000.
Pauline Ionie Barnes, female, age 44, Green Island, Jamaica, released on her own recognizance.
Arlettis Rodriguez-Alverez, female, age 22, Hileah, Florida, released on her own recognizance.
Dayana Isabel Padron, female, age 19, Blocksburg, California, released on her own recognizance.
Elizabeth Enamorado De Padron, female, age 40, Santiago, Cuba, released on own recognizance.
Hyacinth Hypatiae English, female, age 48, Bridgeville, California, released on her own recognizance.
Idalmis Leyva Ivonnet, female, age 62, Charlotte, North Carolina, released on her own recognizance.
Michael Lewis Iverson Jr., male, age 35, Eureka, California was also arrested at the marijuana growing site, however he was only arrested on an outstanding probation violation warrant with a bail of $30,000.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s office crime tip line at (707) 268-2539.
PHOTO COURTESY HUMBOLDT COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
This pickup truck is loaded with processed marijuana bud ready for sale. The AK-47 rifle was also confiscated in this large bust last week.