McKinleyville bust uncovers pot and hash lab

On Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s office responded to a residence located in the 2200 block of McKinleyville Avenue in McKinleyville regarding a marijuana investigation. Sheriff’s deputies discovered a large moving van that was parked near the front door to the residence. Deputies could smell the strong odor of marijuana coming from the moving van. Then deputies knocked on the front door of the residence and contacted three subjects who were in the house.

Deputies identified the occupants as Jeffrey Donald Halverson age 25, Lee Dennis Wilson, age 27, and Fredrick William Nicholas, age 28. When deputies were speaking to the three subjects they could detect a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence. Deputies then detained the three subjects and secured the residence for a search warrant.

Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents were then contacted and responded to the scene to take over the investigation. A search warrant was obtained for the residence at approximately 8:30 p.m.

Drug Task Force agents searched the residence and discovered approximately 210 pounds of drying marijuana plants located in both bedrooms. Agents located a marijuana butane hash lab in the residence. It appeared to the agents that the marijuana plants were brought into the residence from the moving van that was parked outside.

Agents arrested Lee Wilson and Jeffrey Halverson for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a crime, manufacturing of a controlled substance and maintaining a residence for distribution of a controlled substance. Wilson and Halverson were both transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail was set at $500,000 each.

Fredrick Nicholas was arrested for cultivation of marijuana and was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $25,000 dollars.

This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force.

photo captions:

1. Marijuana at a residence in McKinleyville

2. Drying marijuana

3. Paraphernalia found at the site