Mendo Sheriffs Raid Marijuana Operation on Tribal Territory; Pinoleville Pomo Megagrow Busted
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office was chopping down plants at the Pinoleville Rancheria Tuesday after serving search warrants at two properties believed to be owned by the tribe. The first was at 650 Pinoleville Drive, the second was at 2150 North State Street, where MCSO Capt. Greg Van Patten said a "very sophisticated" honey oil lab was discovered. Van Patten said the grows are illegal because they are for "financial gain."
Several months ago the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office began receiving information about a marijuana cultivation operation being established by the Pinoleville Pomo Nation Tribe in Ukiah, California.
Since that time personnel from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office had numerous contacts with representatives from the tribe concerning why the operation was being established.