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DEA says rumors are false

Drug Enforcement Agency spokeswoman Casey McEnry told KMUD news reporter Cynthia Elkins that rumors of a crack-down on indoor marijuana grow operations in the Arcata/Eureka area are not true.

McEnry said the DEA routinely works in Mendocino and Humboldt counties, and will be conducting fly-over trainings next week in Northern Mendocino. The DEA will be working with the Mendo County Sheriffs, she said.

“It’s not some surge operation on the part of the DEA,” McEnry said. “It’s business as usual for us.”

McEnry said the trainings may bring a few more agents than usual to the area, and may cross the Humboldt County line.

  1. anon
    June 19, 2008 at 7:01 pm


  2. Gramps
    June 19, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    Well, there you are folks, nuthin’ to worry about. You can open those pot clubs again and breathe easy. Heraldo was just kidding about the Red Lion.

  3. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Well at least the people in northern Mendocino got the word. WTF? They announce where they will be looking before the fact? Camo netting will be in short supply.

  4. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Does this mean the Wall Street speculators in “Marijuana Futures” are looking UP again?

  5. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    ha ha ha hah, thet will catch you with your pants down, mark my words, you really trust them???

  6. Gramps
    June 19, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Hey, those feds never lie. It’s against the law! They do a helicopter spotter training in Mendo every year, flying out of Ukiah. PG&E is flying too. Almost as noisy as the Harley Run down here.

  7. June 19, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    A friends brother is DEA. A call was put to him and HE confirmed that he was coming to Humboldt as part of the raids.

  8. anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    a friends brother WTF??????

  9. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    If true, it won’t be hard for the DEA to track down their inside leaker. JEEZE!

  10. BS
    June 19, 2008 at 8:24 pm

    Like I said in the earlier DEA post, This blogger has no credibility to be dropping anonymous sources. This person just conducted a successful psyop on Humboldt County residents. Good job Heraldo.

  11. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 8:26 pm

    I’ll withhold judgment until July 1.

  12. June 19, 2008 at 8:49 pm

    Again, people — In Evil Hour. You’ll love it.

    I gave a copy to Eric a couple of years ago, but I think there was a Dr. Who marathon that weekend.

  13. Yo...
    June 19, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Que pasa HanQ?

  14. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    But Heraldo has anonymous sources. I still believe Heraldo is correct. The DEA is going to swam Humboldt this weekend.

    Swarm! Swarm!

  15. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    The DEA is all over Willits right now. And Eureka seems like an odd place to be staging some 200 agents for operations in northern Mendo. Could be recon for next year though. Or they’re outright lying…

  16. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    With all of the newspaper and TV news coverage of the DEA’s arrival, I was sure it was all true. You just can’t trust journalists these days. I’m going back to Craiglist as my primary news source.

  17. June 19, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Or they’re outright lying…

    That’s right, it’s all a cunning ruse. A trick, a stratagem, an artifice.

  18. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Well, what else are they going to say? “Oh yeah, what were doing in Willits right now, we’ll be doing in Humboldt in two weeks.” Lets hope it’s a ruse for some sort of meth crackdown. That would be helpful.

  19. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    If the raids don’t happen maybe Heraldo will be given credit for foiling their evil plans? You know, like Bush gets for no terrorist attacks?

  20. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 9:33 pm

    Yeah, Bush sure gets a lot of credit for all the other skyscrapers that haven’t been vaporized since 9-11, doesn’t he?

  21. congrats
    June 19, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    you made it into whatreallyhappened.com

    one of the only TRUTH websites out there.

    c.p.r. will be offended, but who really cares about that 2%?

  22. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    If they really had a raid planned I would be amazed if they went ahead with it now.

  23. Anonymous
    June 19, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    I agree Hank. A reliably good read, as good as Craiglist Rants and Raves.

  24. Anonymous
    June 20, 2008 at 1:57 am

    When I heard about the agents at the Red Lion, I laughed at the poor sap. He looked genuinely concerned so I offered to go to the Red Lion and see if there were 50 suburbans in the parking lot. I went there and booked a room with no problem. I saw no suburbans in the mostly empty parking lot and no people that looked remotely like DEA agents. All families and older folks. I stuck around for a while and saw nothing to indicate a large number of any type of group.

    It is a very funny rumour and I really have enjoyed watching it spread.

  25. no way
    June 20, 2008 at 3:42 am

    CHECK AGAIN! I just personally saw over 50 BLACK SUV vehichles in the red lion parking lot. Seams like an awful lot of cars for a conferance at the riverside inn in Fortuna. SO THERE IS DEFINITLY SOMETHING GOING ON. Go see for yourself.

  26. Just Think
    June 20, 2008 at 5:26 am

    Well reading all these comments just made me think. What a wonderful community you all have up there, kinda reminds me of an old song, like your all right out of a ” Billy Jack ” movie. Reckin all you good christian folk outaa just get go catch some those damm devil doper kids and string i’m up in the trees maybe burn them as a lesson, yup and while your cleanin up may as well clear out all the lazy no good blacks, and mexicans, and chineze, and hell you know everyone that’s not just like you. For I’m sure when those boys wrote the costitution,”rights of the people”, they really meant you. So good luck and may your God have Mercy on you, because history won’t

  27. Ekovox
    June 20, 2008 at 7:57 am

    It’s the Revenuers! Get in yer hopped up jalopies and we’ll out run ’em. And that folks, is how NASCAR started.

    Same sort of deal. Fifty years later.

  28. derchoadus
    June 20, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Uhhhh. Like Duh!

  29. Maxxine
    June 20, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Well I guess then someone needs to Tell Fox News…they are the ones that reported it. Funny thing is the day of the reports Arcata Police Chief is conveniently “out-of-office” for a few days…..The Arcata Police Chief invited the DEA here to “help” with the grow house issue. For the DEA to say that it is not some sort of surge is a flat out lie. I listened to the news and the one guy from the DEA said..and I quote… “It’s high time we enforce the Federal law there.” Haha he made a funny using the word high…isn’t he just clever. Funny little DEA man. I guess he was lying to the media. Shame on him.

  30. Anonymous
    June 20, 2008 at 8:42 am

    For the DEA to say that it is not some sort of surge is a flat out lie.

    You keep believing. You just go on keep believin’. Craiglist has never steered you wrong.

  31. June 20, 2008 at 9:27 am

    It’s the Revenuers! Get in yer hopped up jalopies and we’ll out run ‘em. And that folks, is how NASCAR started.

    Same sort of deal. Fifty years later.

    Kinetic Sculpture Race?

  32. Anonymous
    June 20, 2008 at 9:40 am

    KSR is only forty years old.

  33. Just Think
    June 20, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Oh, forgot, I’m supposed to be like you, cause hey I own a house and have a college degree, worked my way through too. Only thing is along the way I learned something. A free society, republic or democratic has to make consessions for various life styes, not all them may match your ideal, but when you start sensoring where does it stop, your freedoms could be next, for know, the further you go down that path the harder is to come back and the easier for big brother dominance.

  34. Anonymous
    June 20, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Off topic, but I called Mike Thompson’s office and was informed that he voted against the FISA bill today. Unfortunately Nancy, Steney, and the rest of the Democrat gang are going along with warrantless eavesdropping and dismissing all lawsuits challenging it.

  35. Anonymous
    June 20, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Just called the Red Lion about booking a room for next week. The only days that they are full are Tues and Wed (6/24 and 6/25). Not sure if there’s a convention going on or something, but my guess is if this raid goes down, it’ll be done by Thurs.

  36. Copernicus Jones
    June 20, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    you dont think the people at the redlion are having fun with all these local calls for a room during the same week??

  37. anonymous
    June 20, 2008 at 12:14 pm

    every year on the last week in june, the CAMP people come up and do their flyovers, noting the gps for targeted outdoor grows.
    Are there also raids on the way? Maybe. Is it going to be like black DEA locusts plaguing the crops of arcata & flattening them all? Hmmm. not likely. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.

  38. robash141
    June 20, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    I never believe anything about the Bush administation until it’s been officially denied

  39. kateascot
    June 20, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Never knew the feds announced raids. Looks like we’ve got some real friendly DEA agents comin to town lettin us know what they’re doin. Well we ought to treat them real nice for treating us so special, maybe give them a party or somethin, yeah all of us can fly our “Thanks DEA” flags all week and honk at em! Maybe put up a banner welcoming them to the county and make an effort to notice them and shake their hands. yeah yeah yeah

  40. dave
    June 20, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    DEA and/or INS (as in the raid on Sun Valley Bulb Farm)?

  41. Anonymous
    June 20, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    Yes, all those feddies are the same. NSA, CIA, USDA, USARC, DRBC, NIC, OGE, TVA. They’re all in cohoots.

  42. dong thomas
    June 20, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    great reporting! good job in causing paranoia and forgetting things called facts.

    I think heraldo should be fired. This is sh*tty journalism at its finest. I guess the saying “don’t believe everything you read” can be said about the Humboldt Herald.


  43. FTW
    June 20, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    uh well, it’s only a blog, it’s not an actual newspaper. Welcome to the internet!

  44. ThinkingOutLoud2
    June 20, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Thog say all think like dong. Cave be better place…

  45. be patient and you'll understand...
    June 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    if you want to amend prop 215, you’ll need to convince 50% +1 of california voters.

    since it was an initiative passed by the people, the legislature doesn’t get to amend it. they tried that with some of the provisions of senate bill 420, such as putting into place a statewide limit of 6 flowering plants per patient.

    that was recently overturned in court on the grounds that the legislature was, in effect, taking away rights that the people voted themselves. lawmakers have a lot of power, but don’t get to overturn a vote by the people – we the people get the last word, not our elected officials. that’s what ballot propositions (initiative and referendum) are all about…direct democracy.

    the legislature had decades to come up with a medical marijuana policy, and they stalled, bickered, and never came to an agreement. if they had crafted a good law in the first place, the people wouldn’t have had to go around them with a proposition. they blew it, now it is out of their hands, and in the capable hands of california voters.

    so if you want to overturn or revise the basic rights granted by prop 215, you’ll have to get a new proposition passed by the voters.

  46. June 20, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    LOL, robash141! Good one!

  47. Anonymous
    June 21, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Here’s what I know about the PG&E side….their policy towards spotted grow houses was to just turn your eye and ignore it. That changed in the last month or so, it changed so that PG&E can turn in any house they suspect being a grow house. Then in this last week, I was told that there are federal agents here in town and that PG&E has been court ordered to hand over all records of 215 users who have “high” electricity usage. The person that told me all this works for PG&E and no reason to lie.

  48. tad
    June 21, 2008 at 7:45 am

    Peace be with you

    Wouldn’t it be a better world if all those addicted to something were addicted to pot? No more meth, no more drunks, no more egomaniacs.

    Oh what a world I have seen.

    love eternal

  49. tad
    June 21, 2008 at 7:52 am


    From the first book in the christian bible, “the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.”

    From the last book in the christian bible, “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.”

    The war on pot must be the Armageddon. Stay strong.

    love eternal

  50. Mama Bear
    June 21, 2008 at 8:47 am

    Why not, let’s just all take a chance. Believe it or not, the feds don’t mess around, and the sentences are much harsher. I guess everyone likes to gamble with their freedom, or they wouldn’t be in this posistion in the first place.

  51. "Henchman of Justice"
    June 21, 2008 at 11:01 am

    Rumors = anything can happen – true, not true; lie, not a lie; perception, no perception, etc.

    Jeffrey Lytle
    McKinleyville – 5th District

  52. Anonymous
    June 21, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    I was at a donut shop last night. The people that worked there haven’t seen any DEA.

    So I don’t believe any of it.

  53. Anonymous
  54. truth is not a mystery
    June 21, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    are my comments bein deleted?

  55. truth is not a mystery
    June 21, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    whats next
    the feds goin after high gas spending, high water usage, high cell phone bills

    why is there censorship on this board?

    mama bear are you a fed?

  56. Anonymous
    June 22, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    United States never held any municipal sovereignty, jurisdiction, or right of soil in Alabama or any of the new states which were formed … The United States has no Constitutional capacity to exercise municipal jurisdiction, sovereignty or eminent domain, within the limits of a state or elsewhere, except in the cases in which it is expressly granted …
    [Pollard v. Hagan, 44 U.S.C. 213, 221, 223]

    They are coming in by contract, not by legal jurisdiction. These people would be charged for a victimless crime, victimless crimes lack Subject Matter Jurisdiction. Challenge it! They have to address it and prove it if it’s brought up and SMJ can only be obtained by the testimony of a competent witness who was harmed. That is what’s required to invoke the courts jurisdiction. Void these bogus judgements for lack of smj. This is no statute of limitations on SMJ. Even if it’s an old ancient charge on your record. Look it up.

  57. meowface
    June 22, 2008 at 10:25 pm

    i just drove by the red lion…..the parking lot was pretty empty. Hope to see you all smiling at the other end of this stressfull week!!!!

  58. kateascot
    June 22, 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I’m thinkin the DEA is probably gettin bored with nothin to do around here and not being able to speak the language they ‘ll want to split real quick. And someone was talkin about hippies with kook-aid in water guns, huh, it’s like 1967 all over again!

  59. green thumb
    June 22, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    omg! They’re all staying at my neighbors I over heard the dea agents saying its going down 2moro fo sho

  60. the truth stops here
    June 22, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    There is nothing to worry about. Sleep well, take pride, and meet some people in your neighborhood. Nothing bad is going to happen to good people. Peace.

  61. kateascot
    June 22, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Bad stuff happens to good people all the time, what are you talking about? But you’re right nothin to worry about unless of course you left the iron on as you race off to work in the morning and a cat is in the house. be careful. Be respectful to your neighbors and be sure you follow traffic laws!

  62. ostrich
    June 23, 2008 at 12:20 am

    still nothing it seems.
    i think the paranoia hit me hard today,
    though in scouring the net this evening,
    i haven’t found one substantiated claim of a raid of any kind on someones home.
    i did hear a story my friend told me today that consisted of federal agents entering a home that had recently harvested, but had nothing leftover, so the feds left.
    i question the validity of his source though,
    considering that happened on saturday, and the raids were scheduled for the 22nd-30th.
    in any case,
    best of luck,
    and maybe it’d be the best idea to adopt the ostrich syndrome for this week;
    bury your head in the sand and it will disappear.
    maybe not though.

  63. Anon.must.I
    June 23, 2008 at 3:47 am

    I love this place because of the fact that most of the citizens resist the rise of the Empire….. Until now.

    That being said I have noticed a few comments following both articles accusing the author of this site with fishing for traffic.
    …. but why, I don’t see any advertising, so why push so hard for traffic?

    You may not like the story but a simple check to the homepage to look for ad links would have kept me and all the other readers from having to sift through baseless comments.

    That being said, I have been here for 7 years now, and seen a lot of different situations, but I have only seen one firearm in the hands of a grower. It was a shotgun that looked like something my Grandfather would hunt with.

    For those of you hoping that the Feds show up, remember that if they spend our tax dollars on situations like this, that money won’t be spent on finding solutions to REAL problems. I do agree that the sub-culture should police it self, and maybe that’s what this scare is: An intelligent way to weed out those who would tuck tail and run. If so I would like to point out that it will have the same effect as gun control. Following this only those who were willing to be “outlaws” before Prop 215 will remain, and we will all have lost more privacy, and personal freedom by being so willing to let the Feds come in and trample our rights.

    Wondering where the spirit of community that drew me here has gone???

  64. Anonymous
    June 23, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    market correction

  65. kateascot
    June 23, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    3:47am…I ask myself that question often, where has the spirit of freedom gone that once was alive and well here? It’s still here, but sice Bush came to power the powers that be have empowered themselves with “shock and awe” and given the cops power to scare the crap outta folks. Time to bring some sanity back, caring for people and protecting our God given rights should be our main business.

  66. bush
    June 23, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Today my door was kicked down by the Feds in the morning while I was grabbing a bite to eat. They did the same to three growers in my neighborhood around the same time I havent heard from them since.

  67. Anonymous
    June 23, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    our God given rights

    What rights would those be? I could use a good guffaw.

  68. Anonymous
    June 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I think the Eye should start a MJ legalization drive.He has the bully-pulpit and the writing & printing skills to get r done? The big growers,dispensaries & government don’t want legal pot but the PEOPLE do.

    The time has come!

  69. jason
    June 23, 2008 at 7:21 pm

    Looks like you got this one right, Heraldo!

    Glad I am not a grower.

    Check out the riverlodge webcam to see for yourself. It is live until dusk.

    Also check out the NCJ blog for the newest info.

    Once again, glad I am not a grower.

  70. kateascot
    June 23, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Craigslist has some advice from a guy who talked to a defense attorney to share…check it out

  71. ouch
    June 24, 2008 at 1:19 pm

    well sounds like they were right. heard the scumbags have several roadblocks and serving more than 70 warrants in So. Hum

  72. Anonymous
    June 24, 2008 at 7:35 pm

    Anonymous Says:

    June 19, 2008 at 8:26 pm
    I’ll withhold judgment until July 1.

    Judgment day came early.

  73. Porfiry Petrovich
    June 24, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    so all the rumors about dea in hum and mendo co were supposed to be false, eh? hummm….

    why does that not seem to be true at this point?

  74. Porfiry Petrovich
    June 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    i wonder if josh lonetree hedlund is behind any of the busts, ya know, seeing as he works for the feds and all now, is on their payroll, and keeps managing to not get sentenced.

    think about it

    just an idea, just thought i’d mention it, i’ve been wrong before, and have thought crazier things

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