Grow House Busts Net Pot, Coke, Gun, Cash – February 16, 2011
On Wednesday, Feb. 16, officers from the Arcata Police Department’s Special Services Unit, assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, served two search warrants in residential neighborhoods in Arcata. Both search warrants were served on residences where illegal marijuana cultivation operations were suspected to be taking place.
The first search warrant was served in the 700 block of Fickle Hill Road. Officers seized nearly 100 marijuana plants, more than 5 pounds of processed marijuana and a loaded semi-automatic handgun. Additionally, officers seized almost $35,000 in cash.
Gregory Allan Willard, age 35, of Arcata was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for possession of marijuana for sale, operating a house for the manufacture of drugs and cultivation of marijuana.
The second search warrant, served at a residence in the 800 block of Shirley Boulevard, uncovered another illegal marijuana growing operation. Officers seized more than 200 marijuana plants, more than five pounds of processed marijuana and approximately five grams of cocaine. Additionally, officers seized almost $30,000 in cash.
Magdalena Heil, age 29, of Arcata was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Jail for possession of marijuana for sale, operating a house for the manufacture of drugs, possession of dangerous drugs and cultivation of marijuana.
City of Arcata building inspectors discovered numerous building code violations at both residences, necessitating the immediate disconnection of electrical service.