Reports From Humboldt’s Law Agencies
Indoor-Outdoor Weed Op Busted
On June 17 at 9:00 am, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies
assisted by Humboldt County Drug Task Force Agents served
a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant in the 25000
block of Highway 36 in Bridgeville.
When the deputies served the search warrant they located a sophisticated indoor and an outdoor marijuana growing operation. Many of the outdoor marijuana plants were already in the flowering stage.
Due to electrical fire hazards at the indoor marijuana grow operation, the Humboldt County Planning Department and Pacific Gas and Electric was called to the scene. They determined there was a hazard and shut off the electricity.
At the property, deputies contacted Kelly Valentine, 39-years old, and her two teenage children.
Due to jail overcrowding, Ms. Valentine was issued a notice to appear for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a residence for the unlawful manufacturing of a controlled substance and released at the scene.
Our Ms. Valentine, ever the coolest mom in high school, went down, but deputies have identified another suspect in this case. They are seeking an arrest warrant through the Humboldt County DA for his arrest.
All in the Family Dispute Leads to Cannabis Pinch
A disturbance between a Fortuna mother and her daughter on Sunday morning led to the arrest of the mother on suspicion of marijuana possession for sale and maintaining a drug house, according to the Fortuna Police Department.
Officers responded to a disturbance call June 9 on the 400 block of 11th Street after a reported altercation occurred between Sheila Ayub, 40, and her whippy daughter.
After the dispute was resolved, an officer attempted to re-contact Ayub. The officer observed the woman running through the residence with bags of processed marijuana through the front door.
The officer entered the home, detained Ayub for the violation, and found her to be in possession of approximately two pounds of marijuana packaged for sales, FPD said.
Based on the officer’s observations and Ayub’s statements, the home was locked down in preparation for a search warrant.
Inside the home, officers located more weed: approximately 8 pounds of processed marijuana bud, approximately 10 pounds of untrimmed marijuana plants, two digital scales, approximately $14,000 and several forms of packaging material, officials said. She was arrested for all of it, and also for possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a drug house.
Ms. Ayub– mom– was booked into the Humboldt County Pokey.
Her daughter had the house to herself for awhile. Hell hath no fury like a daughter scorned.
Cali Weed and the Land of Mormon
On June 11th and 12th, the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, United States Forest Service, and the United States Marshal Office assisted the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration Metro Narcotics Task Force and the Davis Metro Narcotic Strike Force out of Salt Lake City, Utah, regarding a 3-year long marijuana investigation in Humboldt County linked to the Mormon state.
The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration issued indictments for several Humboldt County residents out of the Federal District Court in Salt Lake City, Utah, for engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise, conspiracy to manufacture, distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana. Federal and state search warrants were served in Utah during the course of this investigation.
On June 11 at about 10:00 in the morning, local law enforcement and federal law enforcement officers located and arrested one suspect for the federal indictment out of Utah, Michael Stallings, 63, at his residence located off Friday Ridge Road in Willow Creek. While at Stallings’ residence, officers noticed an outdoor marijuana growing operation.
Officers obtained a Humboldt County search warrant for the property. Officers then seized over 600 growing marijuana plants that ranged in size from 2 to 3 feet. Officers seized one pound of processed marijuana, two rifles and one shotgun. Mr. Stallings was transported to the Federal Courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah. A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office for Stallings for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.
On June 12th at about 9:00 in the morning, local and federal law enforcement officers served a search warrant at the residence of John Paul Diller, age 32, in the 1600 block of Children’s Avenue in McKinleyville. Mr. Diller was taken into custody on a federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah, too. Diller was transported to the Federal Courthouse in Eureka to be arraigned on his Federal arrest warrant out of the State of Utah.
When Officers searched Diller’s residence they located and seized 10 individual, one pound bags of processed marijuana.
Officers also seized 4 pistols and 2 rifles. A Harley Davidson motorcycle, a vehicle, and $7,900 in cash was seized for possible asset forfeiture.
At the same time, other officers served a search warrant for two storage units off Airport Road in Fortuna that Diller was renting. Officers seized over 800 growing marijuana plants from inside two storage units ranging in size from 2 to 3 feet. No one was located at the storage units.
On June 12th at 5:00 pm, a search warrant was served on a piece of property that Mr. Diller owned in the Freshwater area. Officers seized two motorcycles, a Polaris- Ranger ATV, and a utility trailer for possible asset forfeiture.
A local arrest warrant will be sought through the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Officer for Mr. Diller’s arrest for cultivation and possession for sales of marijuana.
There are other suspects in the investigation from the Salt Lake City indictmentsand more arrests are expected in the Humboldt County of Humboldt.
The US Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City is working closely with the US Attorney’s Office in San Francisco with the federal indictments.
Don’t mess with the Mormons, they don’t even like a little Coca Cola and Jack, much less a lot of weed, passing through the beehive state. Anyone with information on this case or related drug activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Drug Task Force at 707-444-8095 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Tip line at 707-268-2539.
Just a Little Gunplay in McKinleyville
The victim resides in the 1700 block of Lime Avenue in McKinleyville. When deputies arrived they met with the victim and his stepfather.
They reported a person known as Michael Raphael Robitaille, 42-years old, came to their residence and knocked on the front door. When they did not answer the door, they heard a gunshot and then saw Robitialle leave.
They checked the door and saw a bullet hole in the front door. They saw the bullet traveled through the metal front door and three interior walls, before striking a light fixture. That’s pretty good eyesight, we think.
Deputies located Mr. Robitialle at a residence in the 2400 block of Penn Avenue in McKinleyville. He admitted going to the home on Lime Avenue but denied shooting into the residence. Nonetheless, Mr. Robitialle was arrested for shooting into an inhabited building. No weapon was recovered.
He was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.
It seems like an open and shot case, but the HCSO asks: Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
One Bust for Two Arcata Burglaries– by One Very Dim Bulb
Officers quickly arrived in the area and located a subject fleeing the business.
The subject, later identified as Stephen James Hansen, age 27, was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.
Mr. Hansen was found to be in possession of property that had been stolen from the business and placed under arrest for burglary.
Based upon the same method of entry used at a previous burglary at the Chevron which had occurred on May 31, video surveillance footage was viewed from the prior burglary. Mr. Hansen was identified as the suspect in that incident as well.
Mr. Hansen was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked and lodged for both burglaries.
One dim bulb, we hope Mr. Hansen leaves the nightlight on upstairs while he’s away.
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