by Lou BinningerNorland, Tyler John, age 29 of Portola, Ca
Yuba County has been overrun with marijuana growers and hash / honey oil producers. The loss of control can be attributed to the opportunity to make a lot of untaxable money, a shortage in enforcement personnel, changing local ordinances, and an inconsistency in federal and local marijuana laws.
Past articles noted grows at the Rastafarian Church 9015 Marysville Road, Oregon House; on 429 acres at 10874 Marysville Rd., Dobbins, recorded to BBNR LLC, Lance Bates, Adam Bates, Mary Bates and Scott Bates but being sold to unknown individuals on a contract of sale; another 5 acre operation at 14143 Terra Rojo Lane, Dobbins belonging to Tosha Asker of 1410 Calistoga Rd., Santa Rosa, CA. 95409-2541; and more than 30 sites along Vierra Road, Rackerby with 80 acres at 16485 Vierra Road, purchased in 2013 by Mark and Jeanette Baker, 1769 Kimberly Drive, Sunnyvale, Ca 94087
Last week, an enforcement team began visiting properties. August 14, Tyler Jon Nordlund, 29, formerly of Portola was arrested at 13828 Charlie Lane, Dobbins for planting, growing, harvesting and processing more than 6 plants and manufacturing a controlled substance / honey oil. Agents seized 106 plants, 5 lbs. of processed marijuana, a set of brass knuckles, and a butane honey oil lab capable of producing a pound at a time.
Nordlund purchased his 3.32 acres on March 22, 2017 and ‘moved in’ without electricity, septic or running water. He lived in a camp trailer and told neighbors he was entitled to an open fire to warm himself in spite of the fire danger. He further explained that the property was purchased to grow marijuana.
This was not a clandestine operation as Tyler boldly proclaimed his mission and played Reggae music into the early morning hours for all to enjoy. Agents arrived to find cases of butane containers, a pulley system for his honey oil generator, plumbing equipment, hot plates, generator, and other items used in the production of honey oil. There was evidence of a ground fire that burned up to the butane containers at some time in the past.
Residents fear operations like Nordlund’s. His outdoor fire pit and lab are an imminent fire threat to rural Yuba County. And his lab, chemicals and lack of septic damage the environment.
Nordlund’s bail was $500,000 and he is no longer in custody at Yuba County jail.
A larger grow operation was located the same day on Pecan Lane off Wildwood Trail, Dobbins where approximately 1810 plants were removed. Packaging materials for sales, as well as chemicals, were also found.
Nobody was at the site during the search, but Yuba County personnel are working to identify suspects. Law enforcement became aware of this grow during an over flight of the region.
On August 17, 477 plants and 2 pounds of processed marijuana were removed from the 3700 Block of Nisenan Lane, Wheatland. There were packaging materials and scales inside the home. Agents obtained a search warrant following neighbor complaints, a flyover and a compliance visit.
Jianrong Zhang, who had documents to have and grow marijuana for medicinal use was cited for not complying with the orders of her prescription nor the Yuba County outdoor cultivation prohibition. Zhang’s husband was not cited.
Power to the property was terminated by officials after it was discovered that electric work was done without authorization and the residents were illegally obtaining utilities.
Four large greenhouses and the home were used to grow marijuana. High fencing around the property blocked sighting of the pot nursery from the street.
Most operations under investigation have toxic chemicals present, some have honey oil labs and many have structures and wells developed without permits. The BBNR LLC property at 10874 Marysville Road, Dobbins has numerous large buildings and 4 water wells while only one permit was obtained but never getting a final inspection.
The recent raids have been carried-out by Yuba County Sheriff Marijuana Enforcement Team, NET-5, California Fish and Wildlife and code enforcement officials.
picture: Nordland, Tyler Jon, Age 29, of Portola, Ca