332-Plant Grow Taken Out – July 24, 2012
HCSO Press Release
McKINLEYVILLE – On Tuesday, July 24 at about 9:30 a.m., the Humboldt County Drug Task Force assisted by the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and the Arcata Police Department served a search warrant at a residence located in the 3000 block of Central Avenue, McKinleyville .
Officers located a commercial indoor marijuana growing operation in a garage-type structure behind the residence. Officers seized 332 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from two to four feet in height.
Officers arrested Robert Joseph Mockwitz, 38, and his wife, Danielle Jean Mockwitz, 32, on charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales. Officers contacted Humboldt County Child Welfare Services, who responded to the scene to place Mockwitz’s two-and-a-half year-old daughter into protective custody.
Officers on scene noticed a possible electrical fire hazard caused by the indoor marijuana growing operation. Officers then contacted Humboldt County Building and Planning Department, who then responded to the scene.
Humboldt County Building and Planning Department, after inspecting the electrical wiring, determined that there was a fire hazard. PG&E was then contacted to have the electrical power turned off to the garage-type structure.
Both Robert and Danielle Mockwitz were transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility and their bail has been set at $25,000 each.
This case is still under investigation by the Humboldt County Drug Task force.