Thursday, July 28, 2011

Arcata Pot Grow Leads To House Fire or Vise Versa

City of Arcata



On July 27th, 2011, officers from the Arcata Police Department responded to the 1700 Blk of Iverson Ave for the report of a structure fire. The officers were alerted by fire personnel that the orgin of the fire appeared to be associated with a large marijuana grow inside the home.
Based on this information, the residence was secured and a search warrant was obtained.
Upon the service of the search warrant, officers discovered a sophisticated indoor marijuana cultivation operation inside the home and in a detached garage.
Nearly 800 growing marijuana plants, 80 pounds of dried marijuana in various stages of processing, 3 firearms and nearly $2000 in cash were discovered and seized.
Twenty-eight year old Sonja Marie Bush of Arcata and thirty-four year old Darren Joseph Weeth of Arcata were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for cultivation of marijuana and cultivation of marijuana for sales.
City of Arcata building inspectors discovered numerous building code violations at the Samoa Blvd location, necessitating the immediate disconnection of electrical service.
If you suspect illegal drug activity in your neighborhood, please contact the Arcata Police Department at (707)-822-2428


  1. Humboldt County's 99 plants rule was exceedingly generous - and you can see it is not appreciated by these give us an inch, we'll take a mile profiteers.

    It is QUITE obvious that 215 is a sham and a farce - this is all about big illegal money - let them rot in jail.

    And let's legalize this sh*t and make them pay taxes, business license fees, employee withholding and everything any regular business person must

    These people are ripping you off - besides bringing crime and fires.

  2. I agree Rose, make them pay taxes and get revenue instead of wasting money and time busting these people.

  3. 215 being called a sham bothers me because it is not. Marijuana has many medicinal benefits, and you have to be slow to deny that in 2011. It's not the plant or the patients fault that the system has made '215' so profitable. Don't blame the grower, blame your government. As far as I am concerned you would have to be foolish not to grow in humboldt county for profit. It's so easy and well, profitable. With the cost of living in the northcoast it is literally impossible to live on a minimum wadge job let alone raise a family. I can't blame these 2 people for trying to make a living. Obviously, this was a little over the top and somewhat inconsiderate, but again, I can't blame them. I blame the government. To be jailed for growing a plant will always be ludacris in my eyes.

  4. Anonymous, I agree with you that marijuana has medicinal benefits. I also think it should be legalized and taxed with the tax removed for those that can show a medical need for it. I agree that 215 has problems but I don't think it is a sham or a farce. It is only a sham or a farce if you are a federal agent.

  5. You blame the government for this house burning up?


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