On July 9, 2021, wildlife officers with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) served three search warrants in the Laytonville and Willits area.
Numerous environmental violations were discovered at the sites to include: illegal streambed alterations, unpermitted culvert installation, surface water diversions, unpermitted grading, illegal timber conversion and a poached deer. Over 12,600 illegal cannabis plants were eradicated and over 2,600 pounds of illegal processed cannabis was destroyed.
Support was provided by a CDFW Environmental Scientist, Mendocino County Sheriffâ€™s Office, Lake County Sheriffâ€™s Office, the State Water Board, Mendocino County Code Enforcement and CALFire.
Prior to serving the search warrant, a thorough records check was conducted on the properties to determine what steps may have been taken to secure a state license. In these cases, no state license to cultivate commercial cannabis had been issued.
Formal complaints will be filed with the Mendocino County District Attorneyâ€™s office. No other information is available at this time.