APD Raids Three Aloha Way Cannabis Grows – November 29, 2011

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

 Note: Three things appear below: The story that appears in the Nov. 30, 2011 Arcata Eye, with updates; the Arcata Police Department press release on which it is based; and a Sept. 24, 2008 Arcata Eye news story which includes elements common to the latest story. – Ed.

Evidence gathered during the three alleged Aloha Way grow house busts. The yellow and blue items at right are bubble hash extractors from 1135a Aloha Way. Arcata Police photo

Gary Quillen

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

ARCATA – Swamped with promising tips about neighborhood grow houses and with no special events or other major crimes to draw away staff resources, APD continued its weekly series of cannabis busts last Wednesday with a trio of takedowns.

It’s been three years since police raided a grow house on Aloha Way off West End Road. Last Wednesday, Nov. 23, they were back in the subdivision known as Plum Village, harvesting another clump of low-hanging grow house fruit.

And in another case of threeness, all three homes – 1135, 1135A and 1163A Aloha Way – are owned by Jesse Wedemeyer of Arcata, who also owned a grow house at 1191 Aloha Way raided Sept. 4, 2008.

Daniel Sansome

In addition, Wedemeyer owns three other houses on the block, at 1100, 1177, and 1205 Aloha Way. He could not be reached for comment.

APD, with assistance from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served all three warrants simultaneously.

Illegal marijuana grows were discovered in all three homes. The cultivation operations ranged in size, with the largest housing over 750 plants. Officers found over 25 pounds of processed marijuana at one of the homes packaged in individual one pound bundles. In addition, officers found over one pound of concentrated cannabis and a small amount of suspected cocaine during the searches.

The following suspects were arrested in connection with the illegal growing operations:

• Gary Ramon Quillen, 31, of Arcata, cultivation of

Dante Magnani

marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.

• Daniel Lee Sansom, 30, of Arcata, cultivation of marijuana,  possession of marijuana for sale,  maintaining a house for the manufacture of a controlled substance and possession of concentrated cannabis.

• Dante E. Magnani, 27, of Arcata,  cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and  maintaining a house for the manufacture of a controlled substance.

• Caitlin M. Enright, 24, of Arcata, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale.

APD Det. Sgt. Todd Dokweiler said that the homes had been crudely adapted to cannabis cultivation via the usual means – holes knocked through walls to route wiring and irrigation, large ventilation holes cut in ceilings and electrical panels hacked to add capacity. A number of ballasts had been located in the homes’ attics.

Caitlin Enright

“The electrical here was probably in the top 10 for how much wiring they’d done,” Dokweiler said.

City building inspectors discovered numerous building code violations at all three residences, which necessitated the immediate disconnection of electrical service.

Despite their proximity and common ownership, he had no information that the grows were related. “It’s not clear that that’s what’s going on,” he said.

Dokweiler said the air on Aloha Way was thick with green cannabis stench apparently emanating from other grow houses in the area. “There were definitely other grows in the vicinity,” Dokweiler said. “We’ll be looking at them.”

He said fresh grow house tips come in every day, and that he intends to maintain the enforcement rate. “It’ll keep up,” he said. “We still have a long list.”

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City of Arcata

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THREE GROW HOUSE WARRANTS SERVED

On Wednesday, Nov. 23, officers from the Arcata Police Department served three search warrants on residences suspected of housing illegal marijuana growing operations.
All three of the residences were located in the 1100 Block of Aloha Way. Arcata Police Department, with assistance from the Humboldt County Drug Task Force and the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served all three warrants simultaneously.
Illegal marijuana grows were discovered in all three homes. The cultivation operations ranged in size, with the largest housing over 750 plants. Officers found over 25 pounds of processed marijuana at one of the homes packaged in individual one pound bundles. In addition, officers found over one pound of concentrated cannabis and a small amount of suspected cocaine during the searches.
The following suspects were arrested in connection with the illegal growing operations:
  • Gary Ramon Quillen 31 of Arcata, 11358 H&S cultivation of marijuana and 11359 H&S possession of marijuana for sale.
  • Daniel Lee Sansom 30 of Arcata, 11358 H&S cultivation of marijuana, 11359 H&S possession of marijuana for sale, 11366.5 H&S maintaining a house for the manufacture of a controlled substance and 11357(a) H&S possession of concentrated cannabis.
  • Dante E. Magnani 27 of Arcata,  11358 H&S cultivation of marijuana, 11359 H&S possession of marijuana for sale and 11366.5 H&S maintaining a house for the manufacture of a controlled substance.
  • Caitlin M. Enright 24 of Arcata, 11358 H&S cultivation of marijuana, 11359 H&S possession of marijuana for sale.
City of Arcata building inspectors discovered numerous building code violations at all three residences, which necessitated 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 or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/arcatapd.
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Aloha Way Grow House Raided – Sept. 24, 2008

Kevin L. Hoover

Eye Editor

ARCATA – Contrary to popular assumption, area law enforcement is doing something about Arcata’s grow houses – they just aren’t issuing press releases about it.

On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force raided a rented home at 1191 Aloha Way in Plum Village off West End Road. There, they found an elaborate illegal marijuana cultivation operation containing 250 plants in 1,000 feet of canopy area. The cannabis was confiscated.

The residence, owned by Jesse Wedemeyer and rented to Boris Lunin, 26, had been illegally modified in violation of the Uniform Housing Code. Police called in Arcata Fire and City building officials, and the following violations were noted:

• Electrical wiring to transformers and grow ights installed without a permit, with possible overload of the house’s electrical meter.

• An open electrical box without a proper cover.

• A non-approved ladder to the attic.

• An illegal ventilation sysem.

• The attic in use as a third floor.

Per routine, the City contacted PG&E, which deactivated the house’s electricity pending correction of the illegal modifications.

According to Building Official Dean Renfer, the house was still without power last Friday, but the resident and owner have been in contact with the City and apparently intend to make the repairs so that electricity may be restored.

First, a top-to-bottom inspection of the house’s electrical system must be performed, work permits issued, the repairs made and the property re-inspected.

Should corrections not be made within 30 days of a Sept. 9 warning letter, the City Council will be asked for a nuisance abatement order. If issued, the City could contract for repairs and bill the property owner.

Lunin was arrested on a charge of felony marijuana cultivation and lodged in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. He refused to comment on the alleged grow or his arrest but offered other observations.

“Your newspaper is trash and full of lies,” Lunin said. “If I felt that you were a real journalist, I’d talk to you, but I don’t. I’m asking you to leave me alone. Don’t prey on the weak and miserable.”

Wedemeyer was more expansive. He said he’d just gotten back from eight months in India and had been unaware of Lunin’s agricultural conversion of the Aloha Way home. He said he had Lunin sign a letter admitting that he was responsible for the grow and that he would repair the damage to the house. He said his tenant is moving out on Oct. 1.

Trinidad Electric has been contracted to bring the wiring back up to code. “This is fixable,” he said.

While traveling in India, Wedemeyer said he was approached by a friend who’d read of Arcata’s grow house travails in the Hindu Times. “Aren’t you from Arcata?” the friend asked.

Like many, Wedemeyer said high cannabis prices, which compel people to abuse Prop 215 and illegally grow for profit, would plummet if marijuana was legalized.

Meanwhile, he’s seeking spiritual solace. “To me, the solution is love and prayer,” Wedemeyer said.

 

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12 Responses to “APD Raids Three Aloha Way Cannabis Grows – November 29, 2011”

  1. John

    Can’t these little shitbirds find something else to do besides ruining an otherwise idyllic spot on earth? And the people who comprise the market for it are just as guilty. People need to curb their appetite for illegal drugs (ILLEGAL DRUGS, period). No good can come of all this. Getting loaded is not some sort of holy sacrament that’s going to liberate you. Using your minds and educating yourselves is going to liberate you.

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  2. Matt

    Hey fucko. Watch your preachy mouth.

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  3. Joe

    Wasnt that second dude in the hangover?

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  4. Melvin

    Wedemeyer knows exactly what is going on inside his houses. That is why his rent is so exspensive, he wants you to pay to play.

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  5. I don’t think that’s true, because grow houses are terrible carbon generators, and Jesse has expressed concern for the environment.

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  6. Melvin

    Despite how “green” a person may be, it is the other green that sustains us, unfortunately. Also, a landlord with that many busts in his rentals is more than a coincidence.

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  7. Valerie Rose-Campbell

    Would there ever be a need to reference sales from “certain dispensaries” to see if people busted for grows are indeed selling to dispensaries? Would that be for them or against them? For the dispensaries or against them? Sometimes these raided faces look familiar to me from my time dealing with vendors at the “currently unpermitted” dispensary/collective.

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  8. First of all I was only charged with possession of an ounce of marijuana the whole case was B.S. and riddled with lies and faulty police work, there was only one poorly written warrant and probably cost the tax payers more than anyone. Is there any way to take this publication off of the internet this photo is ruining any job or apartment I apply for. I no longer live in California or participate in what I was accused for. I have payed my debt to society so why must you scarlet letter me. Why should you have the right to badmouth me and impact my life so negatively if the court system doesn't. I have made peace with my wrong doings and negative impacts and strive to better myself and everyone around me, you, Kevin Hoover, on the other hand continually spread negativity and go out of your way to do so. You must be a very unhappy person or had something really bad happen to you. Your life must be difficult and riddled with karmic retribution. Have fun profiting from others misfortunes, that's no way to live.

    #64749
  9. First of all I was only charged with possession of an ounce of marijuana the whole case was B.S. and riddled with lies and faulty police work, there was only one poorly written warrant and probably cost the tax payers more than anyone. Is there any way to take this publication off of the internet this photo is ruining any job or apartment I apply for. I no longer live in California or participate in what I was accused for. I have payed my debt to society so why must you scarlet letter me. Why should you have the right to badmouth me and impact my life so negatively if the court system doesn't. I have made peace with my wrong doings and negative impacts and strive to better myself and everyone around me, you, Kevin Hoover, on the other hand continually spread negativity and go out of your way to do so. You must be a very unhappy person or had something really bad happen to you. Your life must be difficult and riddled with karmic retribution. Have fun profiting from others misfortunes, that's no way to live.

    #65457
  10. First of all I was only charged with possession of an ounce of marijuana the whole case was B.S. and riddled with lies and faulty police work, there was only one poorly written warrant and probably cost the tax payers more than anyone. Is there any way to take this publication off of the internet this photo is ruining any job or apartment I apply for. I no longer live in California or participate in what I was accused for. I have payed my debt to society so why must you scarlet letter me. Why should you have the right to badmouth me and impact my life so negatively if the court system doesn't. I have made peace with my wrong doings and negative impacts and strive to better myself and everyone around me, you, Kevin Hoover, on the other hand continually spread negativity and go out of your way to do so. You must be a very unhappy person or had something really bad happen to you. Your life must be difficult and riddled with karmic retribution. Have fun profiting from others misfortunes, that's no way to live.

    #65986
  11. First of all I was only charged with possession of an ounce of marijuana the whole case was B.S. and riddled with lies and faulty police work, there was only one poorly written warrant and probably cost the tax payers more than anyone. Is there any way to take this publication off of the internet this photo is ruining any job or apartment I apply for. I no longer live in California or participate in what I was accused for. I have payed my debt to society so why must you scarlet letter me. Why should you have the right to badmouth me and impact my life so negatively if the court system doesn't. I have made peace with my wrong doings and negative impacts and strive to better myself and everyone around me, you, Kevin Hoover, on the other hand continually spread negativity and go out of your way to do so. You must be a very unhappy person or had something really bad happen to you. Your life must be difficult and riddled with karmic retribution. Have fun profiting from others misfortunes, that's no way to live.

    #66379
  12. First of all I was only charged with possession of an ounce of marijuana the whole case was B.S. and riddled with lies and faulty police work, there was only one poorly written warrant and probably cost the tax payers more than anyone. Is there any way to take this publication off of the internet this photo is ruining any job or apartment I apply for. I no longer live in California or participate in what I was accused for. I have payed my debt to society so why must you scarlet letter me. Why should you have the right to badmouth me and impact my life so negatively if the court system doesn't. I have made peace with my wrong doings and negative impacts and strive to better myself and everyone around me, you, Kevin Hoover, on the other hand continually spread negativity and go out of your way to do so. You must be a very unhappy person or had something really bad happen to you. Your life must be difficult and riddled with karmic retribution. Have fun profiting from others misfortunes, that's no way to live.

    #68398

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