Man found growing marijuana on tribal dance grounds in Humboldt Co.

Apr 30, 2014 12:29 PM

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies seized over 600 marijuana plants Tuesday after Karuk Tribal members reported a man was growing marijuana on their Ceremonial Dance Grounds.

Tribal members detained the suspect until deputies arrived to the Camp Creek Road location in Orleans. When deputies arrived they met with tribal members and the 38-year-old male suspect from McKinleyville. Deputies learned that the land was owned by a man who lives out of the area, and permitted the tribal members to use the property for their dance ground.

The suspect told the deputies he was in the process of purchasing the property, he was growing the marijuana for medical reasons and had a medical marijuana recommendation.

Deputies told the suspect he was trespassing, and was out of compliance for medical marijuana. Deputies seized 615 plants and told the suspect to clean up the growing equipment.

The Sheriff’s Office is seeking a warrant for the suspects arrest for trespassing, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale.


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