County and state agencies allegedly found evidence of water pollution as well as improper storage and removal of solid waste and improper disposal of sewage during investigations into illegal cannabis operations in the Rancho Sequoia area. – Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office — Contributed

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit deputies served two search warrants on parcels in the Rancho Sequoia area on Wednesday while investigating illegal cannabis cultivation in Southern Humboldt.

According to the sheriff’s office, the two parcels searched did not possess no were in the process of obtaining a commercial cannabis permit with the county. No arrests were made.

During the searches, deputies eradicated 6,697 growing cannabis plants as well as seized and destroyed 54.6 pounds of processed cannabis and 59.3 pounds of cannabis shake.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Humboldt County Planning Building Department, whose personnel were on hand to assist, also reportedly found various environmental violations, including water pollution, depositing trash in or near a waterway, improper storage and removal of solid waste, improper disposal of sewage, illegal stream crossing, unpermitted grading and an unpermitted well.

The sheriff’s office asks that anyone with information regarding this case or related criminal activity call the office at 707-445-7251 or the crime tip line at 707-268-2539.

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