1477 marijuana plants, 400 pounds of processed marijuana and five arrests; possible charges of illegal grading and water diversion and solid waste issues
On 7-18-2016 around 10:37 AM deputies of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, members of the California National Guard Counter Drug Team, BLM Rangers, Prevention Officers with Cal Fire, and members of the Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force served a search warrant in the 4300 Block of Cahto Peak Road, in Laytonville. This warrant resulted in the seizure of 1477 growing marijuana plants, 400 pounds of processed marijuana, and the arrests of five persons; Jonathan Marker, Johnny Bassett, Dakota Paolito, Sean Hogen, and Marina Connel. All parties were arrested and booked into the County Jail on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. Bail on all persons was set at $25,000.00.
Wardens of the Department of Fish and Wildife are also investigating possible charges of illegal water diversion, solid waste issues, and illegal grading.