Fire Leads To Grow House Bust – July 28, 2011
Note: Below is the official City of Arcata Police Dept. press release regarding yesterday’s grow house bust in Arcata. The complete story will appear in next week’s Arcata Eye. – Ed.
City of Arcata
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HOUSE FIRE LEADS TO THE DISCOVERY OF AN ILLEGAL MARIJUANA GROW
On July 27, 2011, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the 1700 block of Iverson Ave for the report of a structure fire. The officers were alerted by fire personnel that the orgin of the fire appeared to be associated with a large marijuana grow inside the home.
Based on this information, the residence was secured and a search warrant was obtained.
Upon the service of the search warrant, officers discovered a sophisticated indoor marijuana cultivation operation inside the home and in a detached garage.
Nearly 800 growing marijuana plants, 80 pounds of dried marijuana in various stages of processing, three firearms and nearly $2,000 in cash were discovered and seized.
Twenty-eight year old Sonja Marie Bush of Arcata and 34-year-year old Darren Joseph Weeth of Arcata were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for cultivation of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana for sales.
City of Arcata building inspectors discovered numerous building code violations at the Iverson Avenue location, necessitating the immediate disconnection of electrical service.
If you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, please contact the Arcata Police Department at (707)-822-2428