Three cannabis cultivation sites in Hayfork and Southern Trinity were raided Tuesday, July 2, by law enforcement.

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife was assisted in serving the search warrants by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Guard and the State Water Resources Control Board.

Two of the parcels were located in the Hale Creek watershed near the Ruth Lake dam and one on the 2100 block of Barker Valley Road near Hayfork.

From DFW, Information Officer Janice Mackey said records checks confirmed that none of the parcels were permitted by the county, nor were they licensed by the state for commercial cannabis cultivation. Sites were selected based on their potential threat to the environment and not plant count, Mackey said.

The operations yielded an estimated 2,958 illegal marijuana plants, and scientific staff documented 16 Fish and Game Code violations, Mackey said.

Mackey said this the third year in a row that warrants have been served by CDFW on the two sites in the Hale Creek watershed. Property owners have ignored attempts to remediate environmental damage through Notice of Violations, she said, and further action may be taken.

Eight suspects were detained during the operations. Reports will be filed with the Trinity County District Attorney’s Office for consideration of criminal charges. Mackey said no further information is available at this time as these are ongoing investigations.

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