Sheriff’s Office finds 20K illegal marijuana plants in Orleans, Southern Humboldt

The Sheriff’s Office tracked down 20,807 marijuana plants at alleged illegal grows this past week. (Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office contributed)

In the past week, law enforcement tracked down over 20,807 cannabis plants and 42 firearms, acting on search warrants at alleged illegal cannabis grows in Orleans and Southern Humboldt.

As part of its weekly roundup, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office marijuana enforcement team also captured 1,218 pounds of processed marijuana and 600 pounds of marijuana shake.

Law enforcement made six arrests in those areas over the course of the week.

“Additionally, numerous stream diversions, pollution of waterways, illegal grading/roads were discovered,” Lt. Mike Fridley said in a Sheriff’s Office release.

The Sheriff’s Office has steadily enforced cannabis laws around Humboldt County this summer. In July, Sheriff William Honsal announced he would call for help from the National Guard in the office’s crackdown on rogue operations.

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