We also have an interview with a tribal member about the raid, and information about the sheriff's use of helicopters -- the helicopter rental company charges $950 an hour. The MCSO has confirmed that the DEA, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force all participated.
Yesterday's activity north of Laytonville appears to have been in response to calls about armed men robbing 20lbs of weed. Law enforcement is now searching for, and asking for tips that could lead to the capture of the four cannabis burglars.
Without making any formal announcement, and without notifying all of the county supervisors, the sheriff’s office sent a letter sometime last week that appears to suspend substantial portions of the most recent set of rules for cannabis cultivation.
The chase began because the suspect's car was believed to be involved in multiple burglaries. Speeds of over 100mph were reached, the Willits PD deployed a spike strip, the suspect fired on police, police did NOT return fire, and the chase was ended on foot.