MENDOCINO Co., 6/13/17 — The County of Mendocino Cannabis Eradication Team (COMMET) and the California National Guard Drug Task Force assisted the Lake County Sheriff's Office in a raid on a cannabis grow site on Monday, May 12, at two parcels along CA Route 20 near Clearlake Oaks. According to a statement issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, the execution of two search warrants led to a search of two adjacent parcels, where law enforcement found 45,274 cannabis plants, 186 pounds of processed cannabis, and two firearms.
Six people were also arrested during the cannabis raid: four at the first parcel, which had a "large-scale" greenhouse and outdoor cannabis garden, two arrested at the adjacent parcel, where about 43,000 plants were growing on a mountain side, and one subject was arrested after they were found walking down Highway 20 east, which runs through Lake County.
The press release from the Lake Co. Sheriff's office notes that the water source for the first parcel was "supplied in-part by a pond with unpermitted grading" and that water from the second parcel "was being diverted from a creek with a gasoline pump to a mountain top man-made reservoir."
No additional information was provided in the press release about the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team (COMMET), a division of the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, was requested in the Lake County operation. COMMET has recently been active in raids in Mendocino County in the last several weeks.
You can read the full press release below: