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HCSO: 2 arrested in connection to Grouse Creek cannabis bust earlier this week

LEFT: Chong Her, 34;RIGHT: Tria Vang, 51

UPDATE Friday, Nov. 2:

Two people have been arrested following a raid by Humboldt County agents that yielded thousands of pounds of illicit cannabis and a slew of environmental violations Monday.

Deputies arrested the owners of the two parcels in the Grouse Creek area Thursday, Nov. 2. The DEU said 34-year-old Chong Her of Sanger, Calif. was booked into jail for felony cultivation of cannabis, streambed alterationw ithout a permit, depositing hazardous materials in or near a waterway and littering within 150 feet of a waterway. Officials said 51-year-old Tria Vang, also of Sanger, was arrested for felony cultivation of cannabis, strambed alteration without a permit, depositing hazardous materials in or near a waterway and littering within 150 feet of a waterway.

Investigators with CAL FIRE said they found numerous violations of illegal burning on the properties.

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: HCSO Drug Enforcement Unit busts illegal cannabis grow at Grouse Mountain

Humboldt County's Drug Enforcement Unit busted a major illegal marijuana grow on Monday.

On Oct. 29, 2018, deputies with the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) said they served one search warrant to investigate illegal cannabis cultivation in the Grouse Mountain area of Humboldt County.

Two parcels, located in the Grouse Creek watershed, were investigated during the service of the warrant. According to investigators, the parcels did not have the required county permit and state license to cultivate cannabis commercially.

During the service of the warrant, deputies said they eradicated approximately 1,480 growing cannabis plants. Deputies seized and destroyed over 4,057 pounds of processed cannabis and approximately 464 pounds of cannabis shake. Deputies also located and seized one firearm with a magazine, officials said.

Assisting agencies said they found the following violations between the two parcels:

- Two water diversion violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Three stream crossing violations (up to $8,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Seven water pollution violations (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Three depositing trash in or near a waterway violations (up to $20,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Failure to label hazardous waste violation (up to $70,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Failure to close hazardous waste containers violation (up to $70,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Failure to report a hazardous materials release violation (up to $5,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Improper storage and removal of solid waste violations (up to $25,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Commercial cannabis ordinance violations (up to $10,000 fine per day)

- Building without a permit violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Grading without a permit violations (up to $10,000 fine per day, per violation)

- Streamside management violations

- Sewage violations

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Humboldt County Environmental Health and HAZMAT Unit and the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department assisted in the service of the warrant, officials said. Additional violations with civil fines are expected to be filed by the assisting agencies.

No arrests were made during the service of the warrant. Additional violations with civil fines are expected to be filed by the assisting agencies.

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