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  According to a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, dated Oct. 12, 2012:
On 10-11-2012, approximately 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. Upon serving the search warrant, deputies located and detained 17 suspects. As deputies arrived and announced their presence one of the suspects, identified as Johines 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.

Upon searching the 45 acre parcel deputies found a very large sophisticated marijuana growing and processing operation. The operation consisted of marijuana plants being grown in two large greenhouses estimated to be between 60 feet by 100 feet, along with marijuana plants being grown out in the open and inside the residence. The residence and greenhouses were powered by two commercial sized 25 KW generators. The growing marijuana plants ranged in size from 6 feet to 8 feet tall and were budding. Deputies estimated the growing plants to have at least one to two pounds of marijuana bud being produced on each plant. There were a total of 718 growing marijuana 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 marijuana bud from the plants. Deputies also located approximately 132 pounds of dried marijuana bud along with numerous drying racks and 261 sealed bags of marijuana bud 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 $9,500.00 cash.
A total of approximately 1293 pounds of dried marijuana bud was located. Dried marijuana bud is being sold for approximately $2,000 a pound. The estimated value of the dried marijuana bud seized is $2,586,000.00 whole sale. If the live marijuana plants had been harvested they would had yielded conservatively an additional 718 pounds of dried marijuana bud estimated to be $1,436,000.00 wholesale.  The value of the marijuana seized is estimated to be at least $4 million dollars in just marijuana bud, 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 those 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 53 years old from North Bergen, NJ -Bailed
  • Geyler  Melo-Pueyol, male  22 years old from Miami, Florida - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Richardo Mateos-Perez, male 22 years old, from Homestead, Florida - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Fernando Olvera, male 39 years old, from Santa Rosa, California - Bailed
  • Luis Manuel Sosa-Vega, male 47 years old, from Santiago, Cuba - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Jose Pulido, male 42 years old, from Los Reva, Mexico - In Custody $75,000.00 bail, ICE Hold
  • Hildegarde Safont Arias, male 42 years old, from Hialeah, Florida - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Disney Bolanos-Chacon, male  41 years old, from Charlotte, N. C. - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Jonines Ibonnet, male 42 years, from Oakland, California - Bailed
  • Terrence Henderson, male, 43 years old, from Eureka, California - In Custody $75,000.00 bail
  • Pauline Ionie Barnes, female, 44 years old, from Green Island, Jamica - Released on O.R.
  • Arlettis Rodriguez-Alverez, female, 22 years old, from Hileah, Florida - Released on O.R.
  • Dayana Isabel Padron, female, 19 years old, from Blocksburg, California - Released on O.R.
  • Elizabeth Enamorado De Padron, female, 40 years from Santiago, Cuba - Released on O.R.
  • Hyacinth Hypatiae English, female, 48 years old, from Bridgeville, California - Released on O.R.
  • Idalmis Leyva Ivonnet, female, 62 years old, from Charlotte, N.C. - Released on O.R.

Michael Lewis Iverson Jr., 35 years old from 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 $30,000.00. Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Use the player below to hear KMUD newscaster, Dave Brooksher, interviewing Lt. Steve Knight from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office. This audio was aired as part of the KMUD Local News for Friday, Oct 12, 2012.

Images from the grow operation shown below:




According to a Humboldt County Sheriff's Office press release, dated Oct. 3, 2012:
On 10/1/12 at about 6:50 A.M., deputies were dispatched to the Mad River Hospital for a reported self-inflicted gunshot victim. The victim, whose name is not being released at this time, is described as a white male, age 30, of Crescent City. The victim initially told deputies he was bear hunting in the Bald Hill’s area of Humboldt County when he accidently discharged his shotgun, striking himself in both legs. With the help of a friend, who was also hunting, the victim was transported to the Bald Hill’s Cal Fire Station on Bald Hills Road and an ambulance responded, transporting him to the hospital. The victims injuries are non-life threatening.

Several hours later, the victim contacted the sheriff’s office a second time and recanted his initial statement. The victim told deputies he works at a marijuana growing operation off Johnson Road and was gone from the site for several days. He returned on the above date and time and entered the grow site where he was confronted by several people. One of the people shot the victim.

On 10/2/12 at about 2:00 P.M., investigator’s responded to the area of the shooting and searched for evidence. Evidence of a marijuana growing operation was located along with evidence supporting some of the victim’s statements. Investigator’s also interviewed several persons of interest in the area. This investigation is still on-going. No arrests have been made. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

News Coordinator, Terri Klemetson, contacted Sgt. Kevin Miller of the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office and gave this report which aired on the KMUD Local News Wed., Oct. 3, 2012.

According to a Press Release from the Trinity County Sheriff's Office, dated Sept. 14, 2012:
On September 7, 2012 officers with the Trinity County Narcotics Task Force, United States Forest Service, CERT Team 1, NSMIT eradicated a clandestine marijuana grow on the National Forest in Trinity County. Approximately 7,300 growing marijuana pants were seized along with approximately 500 pounds of processed marijuana. The cultivation site located was returned to its natural state. All camps, garbage, water lines and any other items located were removed via helicopter. Subjects were located in the marijuana cultivation site and a foot chase ensued. Two Hispanic male adults (Aristeo Ambriz Equihua DOB: 09/03/1951, Livingston, CA and Andres Valenzueua Reyes DOB: 07/14/1982, Mexico), were arrested and charged with:11358 H&S – Plant/Cultivate/Etc Marijuana/Hasish, 11359 H&S – Possess Marijuana/Hashish for sale, 182 PC – Conspiracy to commit crime. Both are being held on $30,000.00 bail.

The photos below show show Aristeo Ambriz Equihua (left) and Andres Valenzueua Reyes (right)


According to a Press Release from the Humboldt County Sheriffs' Office, dated August 9, 2012:
On 08-8-2012, approximately 8:30 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Response Unit (C.R.U.) served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant in the Showers Pass area of Humboldt County. While enroute to serve the warrant deputies saw one of the suspects driving on Showers Pass road, near the search warrant location. Deputies stopped the driver, identified as David Collenberg, 30 years old, from Eureka. When speaking with Collenberg, deputies saw a .357 revolver next to the driver’s seat. The revolver was loaded. Deputies were aware Collenberg is a convicted felon and was prohibited from owning a firearm. Collenberg was arrested for being a felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm, and carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle and was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility to be booked on those charges.

Deputies continued driving towards the search warrant location, and saw another person suspected of being involved in the case they were investigating. He was identified as Grady Longacre Jr. 35 years old from McKinleyville. Longacre Jr. was driving an excavator when deputies contacted him. Longacre Jr.had a Winchester Rifle with him on the excavator. Deputies were aware Longacre Jr. was prohibited from owning a firearm. He was arrested for possession of the firearm. Deputies proceeded to the search warrant location where the warrant was served. When deputies arrived they located 961 growing marijuana plants in eight greenhouses on the property, approximately $1,800.00 dollars in US currency, along with 33 pounds of dried and processed marijuana. When deputies searched the residences on the property they located two inoperative diesel powered marijuana grows.

Longacre Jr. was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person and possession of marijuana for sale. Collenberg bailed out of jail before deputies could add additional charges of possession of marijuana for sale. Those additional charges will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorneys Office.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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