Search warrants served on unpermitted, large-impact grow sites – YubaNet


On 7/09/2021, detectives with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office, officers and biologists from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Nevada County Code Enforcement, and biologists with California State water Resources Control Board executed numerous marijuana search warrants within Nevada County. The locations targeted were sites that have been identified as posing large environmental impacts due to poor cultivation practices in addition to not being permitted with the state or local agencies.

Search warrants were executed in the 16000 block of Lowell Hill, 12000 block of Puffball Court and the 12000 block of Lost Lake Road.  

During the search warrant executions, numerous Fish and Wildlife violations were noted, including: 5652 Fish and Game Code which states (in part) it is unlawful deposit, permit to pass into, or place where it can pass into the waters of the state, or to abandon, dispose of, or throw away, within 150 feet of the high water mark of the waters of the state, any cans, bottles, garbage, motor vehicle or parts thereof, rubbish, litter, refuse, waste, debris, or the viscera or carcass of any dead mammal, or the carcass of any dead bird.

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Also noted during the execution, the California State Water Resource Boards located several violations, including: 13264 Water Code which states (in part) No person shall initiate any new discharge of waste or make any material changes in any discharge, or initiate a discharge to, make any material changes in a discharge to, or construct, an injection well, prior to

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