Ex-officer says superior set pot seizure quota

ARCATA, Calif. (AP) - A former police officer in Humboldt County claimed one of his superiors offered to buy dinner and drinks for members of a unit that investigates marijuana grows if they met a quota for seizing pot plants and money from cultivators.

The Times-Standard of Eureka reported Saturday that former Arcata Police Department officer Kevin Stonebarger made the allegation in a sworn declaration for a lawsuit brought by a widow who is suing the city over a 2011 raid at her home.

Stoneberger said a sergeant promised the celebration that year if the department's Special Services Unit destroyed 10,000 marijuana plants and recovered $150,000 from people found to be growing weed illegally.

A lawyer for the city, Nancy Delaney, denied any wrong-doing by police and accused Stoneberger of lying in the declaration.

The Times-Standard said Stoneberger resigned from the force last year because of a knee injury.


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