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Another Bust on ‘Uh-Oh’ Street

 

Upscale Eureka Neighborhood Sees Yet Another Raid

 

Staff Report
Humboldt Sentinel

 

Here’s the short story:

A home in the 3600 block of “O” Street in Eureka was raided yesterday by EPD’s POP unit and the DA’s Office
after they were both tipped off about marijuana growing activity.

The joint raid happened just before 9 yesterday morning.  In the basement of the home officers found 299 growing marijuana plants;  in another room, 136 pounds of harvested drying marijuana.  Half of the house was dedicated to cannabis cultivation.

Police said the commercial grow was operating in a rental home being occupied by 38-year-old Robert Brian Barfield.  EPD said Barfield told them he moved here from Georgia specifically to grow weed.  EPD and neighbors were not amused by the long-haired and scraggly looking interloper agriculturist.

“This is well outside the provisions of 215,” said EPD Sergeant Steve Watson, “and well outside the provisions of the City of Eureka’s medical cannabis ordinance.”

“It’s a for profit grow involving basically half of the entire basement area involving about a half dozen rooms,” Watson said.

Police also found Mr. Barfield in possession of a loaded rifle.  He was arrested for possession and cultivation of pot as well as maintaining a place for drug sales.

And here’s the official Eureka Police Department release:

On 11/20/12, at about 9:30 a.m., investigators with the Eureka Police Department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit (POP) and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant at a residence on the 3600 block of ‘O’ Street, Eureka.

This was a joint operation conducted by investigators from both agencies.  The warrant was obtained by DA Investigators after both units received independent citizen complaints about a possible indoor marijuana grow at the home.

Investigators detained the sole resident, Robert Brian Barfield, 38, of Atlanta, Georgia, at the front door.

During a subsequent search of the spacious two-story residence, investigators discovered nearly all of the entire bottom-level (7-8 rooms) had been converted into a large-scale sophisticated indoor marijuana cultivation operation.  This included 4 dedicated grow rooms and a dedicated drying/trimming room.

Investigators located and seized 299 growing marijuana plants of varying sizes and 136 ½ pounds of already harvested, drying marijuana.

A loaded lever-action .30-.30 Winchester rifle was also located in Barfield’s bedroom.

During questioning, Barfield admitted he’d moved to Eureka from Georgia around 3 months ago for the specific purpose of growing marijuana.  He added this was “because it’s legal” here.

Investigators observed a potential electrical fire hazard associated with the indoor marijuana growing operation due to a substantial amount of unpermitted wiring etc.  Officials with the City of Eureka’s Building Department responded to inspect the wiring and PG&E was subsequently contacted to disconnect the electrical service to the residence.

Additionally, the unemployed Barfield was renting the residence from its out-of-state owners for $3,000.00 a month.  EPD will be contacting the owners so that they remedy the criminal activity and the unauthorized modifications made to their property.

During the search of Barfield’s residence, investigators learned he also rented a storage unit at a mini-storage facility located on Indianola Cutoff midway between Eureka and Arcata.  DA investigators obtained and served a second search warrant for the storage unit.  Numerous grow pots were found in the unit.

Barfield was arrested by POP investigators and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for:

  • Unauthorized planting/cultivating/harvesting/processing of marijuana
  • Possession of marijuana for sale
  • Maintaining a place for unlawfully selling/providing a controlled substance.

Anyone with information concerning suspected drug activity occurring in the City of Eureka is encouraged to call:

  • The Problem Oriented Policing Unit at (707) 441-4373
  • The Humboldt County Drug Task Force at (707) 444-8095
  • Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding criminal activity, including drug activity, is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at (707) 445-7251 or
  • The Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line (707) 268-2539

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The KIEM-TV report with pictures of the grow and the suspect, Mr. Barfield, is here.

This is the second major raid of an O Street residence in the tony ‘hood in little than a month.  The other raid was 9 blocks down the street.

If this keeps up, there goes the neighborhood.

(Posted by Skippy Massey)

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