The following is a September 2, 2016 press release from the Mendocino Sheriff’s Department. The Mendocino Voice will be following up on this incident and has not independently confirmed any of the information. All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty.
Crime/Incident: 11358 H&S [Cultivate Marijuana], 11359 H&S [Possess Marijuana for Sale], 22010 PC [Possess Nunchaku)
Location: 13800 Block of Nakomis Road, Hopland CA
Date of Incident: 09-02-2016 Time: 10:00 AM
Victim(s): People of the State
Suspect(s): Zachary Diamond, 26 years of age, Hopland CA
Kyle Murphy, 26 years of age, Hopland CA
Written By: Lieutenant Shannon Barney, Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney
Synopsis: During the month of August the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office was made aware of a large marijuana growing operation located in the 13800 Block of Nakomis Road but accessed off of Pratt Ranch Road in Hopland CA. The garden was located within the exterior boundaries of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indian Rancheria.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office consulted with representatives from the Federal Government and learned the Federal Government would not be asserting jurisdication in this matter but was not opposed to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office proceeding with an investigation into the commercial cultivation of marijuana for sale.
On 9-2-2016 around 10:00 AM deputies with the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by the Ukiah Police Department, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Mendocino County Department of Environmental Health, served a search warrant at the location. Hopland Tribal Police did not assist with this operation but were contacted regarding the matter and were provided a copy of the search warrant.
At the location 847 marijuana plants were eradicated. Three persons were detained, two of whom were later arrested. Suspect Zachary Diamond was arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of nunchaku (a prohibited weapon). Suspect Kyle Murphy was arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. Bail for both suspects was set at $50,000.
This case investigation is on going. Anyone with information related to this commercial marijuana growing operation is requested to contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office tip line at (707)234-2100. Persons can provide tips and remain anonymous.