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Sunday, August 9, 2020

The Ongoing Saga in the Emerald Triangle, Nor Cal

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: MCSO / Ksro /Lake / Loco
21 Adults and two female juveniles were detained in Wednesday's raid on a Marijuana Growing  Property in the Covelo area of Round Valley, California says MCSO:

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On Wednesday August 5, 2020 around 7:30 AM the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force, Marin County Major Crimes Task Force, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Cal FIRE, California Highway Patrol and the California National Guard Counter Drug Team executed a search warrant in the 22100 Block of Airport Road in Covelo. 

The warrant was served on a property where 32 “hoop” style green houses and 13 outdoor marijuana gardens were being cultivated on one parcel. None of the gardens were registered legal growing operations within the state guidance regulating the commercial growing of marijuana. 

Note: An Emerald Triangle Convoy is the opposite of the Narco / Cartel Convoys Often seen here on BB. The National Guard also often joins the above agencies in addition to CaFish and Wildlife. Covelo has been especially targeted by Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall this season as there has been constant violent interactions at illegal grow sights, as well as disappearances, fires and shooting. Only a few weeks ago 4 downtown Covelo buildings were burnt to the ground in an arson fire. The new Sheriff in town  encourages growers to GET LEGAL and illegal grows will continue to be targeted. 
A total of 6970 marijuana plants, ranging in height from 1 foot to 7 feet, were eradicated from the 45 gardens. 1860 pounds of dried marijuana bud was located and destroyed. 

21 adults (listed suspects) were detained at the scene as well as two female juveniles (17 years of age and 5 years of age). The juveniles were released to a relative who responded to pick them up.

Mendocino County Sheriff Office’s photograph of the firearms confiscated at Wednesday’s raid in Round Valley. [Photo provided by Mendocino County Sheriff Matt Kendall]

In one building on the property deputies located a false wall behind which they found 4 assault rifles, one bolt action rifle, and three handguns hidden in the wall (pictured…). One of the handguns was reported stolen out of the Stockton area.

One subject, Ryan Roy-Downey, was located hiding in the trunk of vehicle that was attempting to leave the area. Downey lied about his name and gave the name of a real person. He was found in possession of suspected methamphetamine and had a felony warrant for his arrest for violation of probation. Downey was arrested on the warrant, assuming the name of another to avoid prosecution, and possession of methamphetamine. He was later booked in jail and held on $50,000 bail.

A female, Shelly Leggett, was also found to have an active felony arrest warrant for 32 PC (accessory). She too was transported and booked into the County Jail but was released on the zero bail policy initiated by the state during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

The case remains under investigation and a report will be completed and submitted to the DA’s Office for review of the listed charges. Anyone with information about this investigation is encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 707-234-2100.

Fox Hoaglin, 44 years of age, Covelo CA              Shelly Leggett, 38 years of age, Covelo CA
Rolinda Want, 46 years of age, Covelo CA
Shelly Hoaglin, 45 years of age, Covelo CA
Michelle Downy, 51 years of age, Covelo CA
Shawn Want Sr., 52 years of age, Covelo CA
Lourdes Downey, 19 years of age, Covelo CA
Ryan Roy-Downey, 31 years of age, Covelo CA
Raul Molina Garcia, 26 years of age, Michoacan Mexico
Anthony Amante, 45 years of age, Covelo, CA
Manuel Troncoso Escareno, 40 years of age, Zacatecas, Mexico
Christain Cardenas Mendoza, 40 years of age, Jalisco, Mexico
Ivan Arceo, 31 years of age, San Jose, CA
Rolando Gomez Ruiz, 37 years of age, Chiapas, Mexico
Alberto Robles Carrillo, 27 years of age, San Jose, CA
Oracio Lucas Tznucx,  45 years of age, Shutipcic, Guatemala
Raul Alexander Cortez-Barrera, 27 years of age, El Salvador
Julio Cesar Ramos Magana, 31 years of age, Apatzingan, Mexico
Eliseo Vazquez Aguilar, 36 years of age, Chiapas, Mexico
Baldemar Morales Morales, 40 years of age, Chiapas, Mexico
Alberto Robles Carrillo, 27 years of age, San Jose CA
                               A helicopter involved in Covelo/ Round Valley marijuana raid 
In Trinity County:
Press release from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department:
July 13 – 14, 2020 Narcotics Investigators with the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, along with Wardens and Scientists with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Agents with the North State Major Crimes Investigation Team, and members of the California National Guard served search warrants on multiple properties in the areas of Kettenpom and Wool Mountain in Southern Trinity County.
A total of 136,262 marijuana plants were eradicated, 4,592.80 pounds of processed marijuana was destroyed, 11 firearms and $106,900 of US Currency was confiscated. Numerous subjects were detained, interviewed and later released pending charges with the Trinity County District Attorney’s Office. Illegal water diversion, large scale grading, un-permitted structures, as well as numerous other environmental crimes related to marijuana cultivation were discovered. No names or photos released.
The criminal complaints stemming from this operation will be forwarded to the Trinity County District Attorney’s Office. Agencies Involved: Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Ca Dept of Fish and Wildlife, CaDoJ North State Major Crimes Investigation Team, California National Guard

Meanwhile down in "town" a few hours south in Sonoma County: 
Two Fentanyl drug dealers have been arrested in Rohnert Park but by Santa Rosa Police. After an investigation which began last month, officers Thursday served a search warrant to a residence on Rancho Verde Circle. There they found 5 ounces of powdered Fentanyl, 5 ounces of suspected heroin mixed with fentanyl, two ounces of Methamphetamine, ecstasy pills, prescription medicines, and over $10,000 dollars in cash. The residents, 35-year old Scott Reed and 34-year old Carissa Sypriano, were arrested on various narcotics charges.

In Lake County:
The Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Lakeport man and seized approximately 4 ounces of methamphetamine. Kory Daniel Hudson, 32, was arrested Tuesday morning, according to Lt. Steve Brooks.

At 10 a.m. Tuesday narcotics detectives were conducting a probation search in Lakeport when Brooks said they noticed a gold Chevy pickup parked on the street. Detectives saw that the vehicle was occupied and contacted the driver, who was identified as Hudson, Brooks said.

While detectives were talking to Hudson, they noticed he was displaying signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. Brooks said they had Hudson exit the vehicle and perform several tests to determine if he was under the influence, which he failed.

Hudson subsequently was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance, Brooks said. During a search, detectives located two plastic bags containing methamphetamine in Hudson’s possession. The gross weight of both bags was 123.8 grams or 4.36 ounces.

Hudson also was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance, Brooks said. Brooks said Hudson was transported to the Lake County Hill Road Correctional Facility and booked. He remained in custody on Tuesday afternoon, with bail set at $35,000.


  1. Big deal...there are thousands of grows up there. One after another...this does absolutely nothing. Thanks to BB for the fine reporting however. You guys do great work and dont get enough credit.

    1. yes, but look carefully at the numbers. 7000 plants in 32 + hoophouses vs 132,000 plants in one grow in Trinity County plus nearly 5,000 pounds of processed bud also. No fotos, no names, possibly could be Hmong people but that kind of number used to be a total years takedown.
      Also these giant grows are a big deal. I keep saying , it’s not the plant it’s the people. Grows that big require armies of laborers ( O.K. jobs, I will give you that ) but are magnets for unsavory characters, bad conditions, even forced labor and now infused with meth, heroin and fentanyl, not to mention the guns and rippers. Armed robberies extremely common.

      And you are very welcome !

    2. Those numbers are nothing really. I worked up there for years. Most decent farm puts up big numbers and have lots of people up there to help and trim etc

  2. O Bail WTF Calif is sounding just like Mexicos laws
    What a mess
    Odd is they have Americans with Mexicians and Guatemalains all working together

    1. Yes bail stupid same laws in the nation if you dont know doesnt mean nothing

    2. NOT Odd. Classic , these days. latinos doing the grunt work.
      Most of the people w Anglo names are Native Americans.
      Covelo/ Round Valley has a sordid history of white man taking natives lands and then throwing as many different tribes they could together on the res.

      COVID has a lot to do with who is getting held these days.

  3. As far as the meth/fen/heroin goes, they're usually only busting lower level dealer/addicts, easier pickings. Until they go for the big cheese, aint nothing gonna change. In fact its gonna get worse because the bigger guys (and gals) is protected and the money is worth the potential jail time in the usa.
    I'll say it again. Lower level dealers get popped. In the usa, five to ten years time actually served; higher level cats almost never, and if they do, an excellent lawyer comes in handy. Chapo was an exception.

    1. Yes, these are tiny potatoes, however, there is a constant trickle, some of which I have posted here, all involving cartel mules, often women. #101 is a constant conduit for drugs and cash. Year around these days. It used to just be harvest season and “ ripper” season but that all changed w Light DEP.


    Small timers get deals too

  5. Funny how the list of names is seemingly sorted by Anglo-Saxon/Latin naming rather than residency/citizenship. It might inform us of the perspective those have that plan these raids.

    1. No, that only tells us who the perpetrator is. You're the one with the unfounded accusations

  6. That 5 year old juveniles get arrested is all the real News that country.
    The confiscated drugs, cash and weapons and bail Money however, do not cover the expensas incurred in police and overtime, maybe if they sell the pinche grifa they still would not break even.

  7. Two MICHOACANOS in the mix?..

  8. They need to continue cracking down on these paisas, end this embarrassment send those idiots off to trade school instead of cultivating drugs same with all the dealers. China is going to be #1 superpower they don't have these problems


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