The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office continues to search for two people connected to a large commercial marijuana grow operation discovered in October near Mad River. The office released photos of Paul Anthony Givins, 32, and Vanessa Flieg, 28, on Friday. The office said it has received information that the two may have left the state. According to a press release, authorities have issued felony warrants for the arrest of Givins and Flieg in connection to the commercial grow.
District Attorney Investigator Wayne Cox said the office is verifying the tip on the whereabouts of Givins and Flieg. ”We will be researching that information and, if it’s accurate, making the appropriate notification to law enforcement officials in that state,” he said, declining to say which state. According to Cox, Givins is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighing 155 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. Flieg is 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 125 pounds, with auburn hair and blue eyes.
Earlier this month, investigators searched for Givins and Flieg at a residence on the 1900 block of Ocean Drive in McKinleyville. Though they had no luck locating the suspects, investigators reported detecting the “overwhelming odor of growing marijuana emitting from the entire area of the apartment complex,” which comprised 13 separate units, according to a recent release. One unit’s resident reportedly agreed to a search, and investigators reported finding a functional indoor marijuana grow operation but no growing plants. On Oct. 26, authorities raided a large-scale cultivation operation that was spread out over multiple parcels. About 40 people were arrested at the site, located about 10 miles off of State Route 36 on the eastern edge of Humboldt County.
Officers reported finding more than 240 pounds of processed marijuana, 1,900 growing plants and more than 1,460 pounds of dried, unprocessed marijuana while serving a search warrant on the property, which spanned five 45-acre parcels. According to Humboldt County Assessor’s Office records, the parcels have a combined value of more than $1 million and are owned by Flieg, Courtney Fleming, Meghan Moody, Tyler Meenan and Jack Jones. Investigators arrested Fleming and Meenan earlier this month on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. Anyone with information is asked to call local law enforcement or District Attorney Investigator Wayne Cox at 707-268-2591.
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