Two Arrested At Stream-Imperiling Cannabis Grow

Friday, July 19, 2013
Carlos Godoy

Carlos Godoy

HCSO Press Release

BLUE LAKE – On Friday, July 19 at approximately 9 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County District Attorneys Office, Cal Fire, and California Fish and Wildlife served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant at two locations. One location was at 300 block of Green Hill Lane, Blue Lake, the other was in the 35000 block of State Route 299 near East Fork Campground, Willow Creek.

The investigation into the marijuana cultivation was initiated after the Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of environmental damage at the Highway 299 location due to stream diversion. Both locations were determined to be connected prior to obtaining the search warrant.

Mickey Maldonado

Mickey Maldonado

At the Green Hill Road location deputies located two suspects; Carlos Godoy, 25, from Oklahoma and Mickey Maldonado, 20, from Kansas. The deputies located a total of 550 growing marijuana plants ranging in height from 3’ to 7’ tall, along with packaging material and scales. The marijuana was being cultivated inside and outside the residence.

At the Willow Creek location deputies located 320 outdoor marijuana plants that ranged in size from 6’ to 7’ tall, along with evidence of stream diversion, pollution and several recently constructed small outbuildings. No one was located at the Willow Creek location.

Godoy was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, conspiracy to commit a felony, diversion of a stream, depositing hazardous material near a stream and littering within 150 feet of a stream. Maldonado was arrested for cultivation and possession for sale of marijuana, and conspiracy to commit a felony.  They were transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where their bail was set at 75,000.

The investigation into the case is ongoing with more arrests possible. Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.


12 Responses to “Two Arrested At Stream-Imperiling Cannabis Grow”

  1. […] Two Arrested At Stream-Imperiling Cannabis Grow – Arcata Eye […]

  2. So add something else to that list of negatives. Still does not make it right. Dope is not a nutritional enhancement. DA.

  3. Mike Bernsten

    Cannabis is good, assholes destroying a watershed are bad. Lock ʻem up for awhile and hopefully they will respect nature a little bit more next time they want to grow. Go fill water tanks like the rest of the legit farmers donʻt harm our creeks.

  4. Mike Bernsten

    Cannabis is too big of an industry to let out of state ignoramus into California to start destroying a habitat they care nothing about, and have no family ties to. I am happy to see that these dorks are being hit with environmental charges a la If these dorks were concerned with the sanctity of the cannabis plant and the land it was growing on this would not have happened to them, stupid capitalists getting greedy fronting like they some hippies.

  5. Mike Bernsten

    p.s. you can just tell that kid is a dumbass from his mugshot.

  6. Guess what assholes we were volunteer workers and guess
    What the person charge was the issue we just got the bull
    Shit charges so b4 all u ignorant ass people run there mouth
    Realize u need to shut the hell up and don't believe everything
    You read yes we were there and u don't know shit so u wanna run ur mouth and be stupid kewl oh BTW can I press charges for a officer driving 90 with me in the back and tho. Ya curvy ass roads

  7. Kevin Hoover

    Tu Quoque logical fallacy.

  8. Kevin Hoover

    That's beautiful.

  9. Well I know Mickey Maldonado…he was my cousin's ex

  10. Stephanie: Tell it all. I / we / the audience / is listening. Spell this out. Please, delineate the details. Thanks. This is for real. email me at These guys diverted "x" water from the stream during a horrible drought in the State of California. Ask yourself, "What would Governor Brown opine on this amount of water diversion? A proper amount? or an excessive amount? how excessive? Talk to me / I / audience. Thanks, in advance. P.S. This statement is 100% real.

  11. I know I posted 10 months AFTER the event. Time disregarding, I've id'd powerful current issues: "How much stream diversion for pot grows is right? versus "wrong"? How about 2 gallons per plant per day is OK? 12 gallons per month per plant is excessive during a severe drought? 550 plants means 1,100 gallons a day is OK, 11,220 gallons a day is "not ok".
    Email me at to talk to me.

  12. For the comment above..was this was not posted by myself. Mickey posted it accidentally under my account. Which means I was still signed into my phone when he posted. However, well said Mic, and I miss your crazy ass!!!!


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