Presumably the DEA too, although last week on KMUD they emphatically denied that they were here for busts. I just received a telephone call from a reputable source. I’ll follow up.
The NCJ Blogthing is reporting on developments in the north.
Addendum: Apparently they’re all over the county. It’s being reported on KHUM as “the culmination of a two year investigation” against commercial grows and not medical marijuana. Authorities are claiming that they are acting on 27 warrants.
But I’d take any official statements with a grain of salt. They’re supposed to be here for flying practice and a convention, remember?
NCJ Blogthing has an audio of a KSLG interview with Joseph Schadler of the FBI.
Second addendum: Redheaded Blackbelt comments on the NCJ blogthing – “KMUD is reporting many vehicles heading towards the coast with a “traffic jam” at Whitethorn.” But right now I’m hearing Mary Poppins songs on KMUD. Supercalifragilisticexpiallydocious.
Third addendum: Andrew Bird is reporting at Heraldo’s that a caravan went out Briceland Road just before 7:00, and that a “satellite truck” was seen on Alderpoint Road earlier this morning.
Fourth addendum: Confirmed. There is a bust at the south end of Whitmore Ave. on Redway. Four or five SUVs and DEA agents dismantling items out on the lawn.
Fifth addendum: Two individuals with FBI markings on their jackets were seen (by me) outside a home on Redway Ave. right near the intersection with Oak. I could not tell if they were in the process of a bust. They might have been checking addresses.
Sixth addendum: The Eureka Reporter has a story up.
FBI agents raided a house at 1658 Virginia Way in Sunny Brae early this morning. Around 10 a.m., agents combed through the trunk of a gray car parked in the driveway. The car had Oregon license plates.
A pile of equipment including lamps, triangular containers and hoses were spread across the yard.
It is not known if any arrests were made by agents at this time.
“I have no idea how long (FBI agents) were there,” said Bob O., who lives across the street from the house that was raided.
He stepped outside his door around 8 a.m. this morning and saw eight agents around the house across the street, he said.
He said he prefers neighbors to unoccupied grow houses and the sound of children over silence.
“The pattern is no one’s ever home,” he said regarding the house that was raided.
And Hank is reporting that the FBI rep is insisting it’s all one group. I don’t believe that, but if it’s true we are watching one of the more profound federal anti-trust actions in years.
Seventh addendum: From another blog’s comments section -
Interesting coverage with the blogs and the radio participating together. Attorney, Ed Denson, just reported on KMUD that there were door to door searches going on in Redway and Garberville. Ed made the following suggestions:
1. Do not consent to search.
2. Do not talk or engage in conversation.
3. Do not try to physically obstruct them.
I’ve got KMUD on, but KHUM and KSLG are also covering the action. And Hank has a growing display of photos at the blogthing.
Eighth addendum: Redheaded Blackbelt is reporting on a bust in Salmon Creek.
Meanwhile, some roads are blocked off in the Whale Gulch area and to our east near Alderpoint and Harris.
Ninth addendum: The Times Standard has a story up.
Hank is reporting that most of the action seems to be down here.
I will be leaving the office shortly for paid work related business. I don’t know when I’ll be back on the computer, but feel free to post information as you get it.
Tenth addendum: Cynthia Elkins just played an interview with an FBI rep who answered maybe one or two of about 20 questions.
I’m leaving for a few hours. Please post freely, but responsibly.