The Humboldt County Sheriff Department waited until the day after Valentine’s to bust a marijuana grow harem. Three men, ages 31, 56, and 37, let police officers into their Arcata home to conduct a probation search and will likely be spending time behind bars in the near future.
This was no minor bust and these are not your petty marijuana seed growers. The magnitude and scope of this bust is simply immense. Read the numbers and weep for the fallen herb.
Deputies searched the residence and located 171 growing marijuana plants, 200 pounds of processed marijuana bud worth an estimated $400,000.00, along with half a gram of cocaine, 1.5 grams of methamphetamine and 451 grams of Hash estimated to be worth $3000.00. Deputies also located packaging materials, scales, pay and owe sheets and over $3,000.00 cash which is consistent with sales of marijuana and illegal drugs.
While conducting their investigation deputies learned Baldridge had another residence located in the 2400 block of Eye Street, Arcata. Deputies responded to that residence and located another 20 pounds of processed marijuana bud worth approximately $40,000. They also located three large garbage bags full of marijuana leaves, and two handguns, one which was reported stolen.
Baldridge was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional facility for being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana, possession of a switchblade knife, possession of concentrated cannabis, possession of stolen property, maintaining a drug house and possession of a narcotic. Suma was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for an outstanding felony warrant for violation of probation issued by Mendocino County Superior Court. Cohen was arrested for possession of methamphetamine.
I can make one guarantee. These are not vicious criminals and they most likely had guns and knives for their own protection. And when you have that much product tied to you, you don’t really have a choice but to pack some heat.
The other guarantee? Medical marijuana patients in the Humboldt County area just lost a big supplier where they can get marijuana seeds from on a regular basis.