Mad River Union
EUREKA – Two Texan men were arrested and more than 6,000 marijuana plants were eradicated Tuesday, July 26 at two separate locations in Ferndale and Miranda.
At 9 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a residence at the end of Crosby Road in Ferndale. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, CalFire, Humboldt County Code Enforcement, California National Guard and State Water Quality Control Board.
When officers arrived they detained seven suspects and located a large outdoor commercial marijuana growing operation.
Two of the suspects were armed with guns and arrested. Oscar Ricardo Cubero, 31, and Vidal Ysidro Cortez, 26, both from Texas, were arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale and for being armed in commission of a felony. The other suspects were questioned and released with charges.
Officers eradicated more than 3,000 marijuana plants that ranged in size from 3 feet to 7 feet in height. Officers also found evidence of unpermitted road grading on the property along with water diversion.
While at the scene, officers developed information to support another warrant to search of a property on the 1000 block of Felt Road in Miranda. There, officers seized more than 3,000 marijuana plants ranging in size from 2 inches to 4 feet in height. Officers also seized 350 pounds of processed marijuana and 350 individual one-pound bags of marijuana. Nine firearms were found at the property.
Both of these cases are still under investigation and more arrests are anticipated, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.