By Grow

A reel shared in May to the Instagram account @trinitycountycorruption sparked outrage following the shocking and sad scene depicted in the minute-long video. The video shows five or more agents in military gear, armed, aproaching a rural property. As a man with his hands up and a dog approach the gate, the dog lunges at one of the agents and is fatally shot. The Trinity County Sheriff’s office’s May 4 press release, which was shared on the account, explained that agents with the North State Major Crimes Investigation Team served a search warrant on the property of Nhia Yang. The news release says Yang was non-compliant and that there were five aggressive dogs on the property. 16,000 marijuana plants and 7,500 pounds of processed marijuana were destroyed. Firearms and currency was seized. This was just one of several raids. The catch? Many of the raids involve licensed cannabis farms. According to the LA Times, the state license is in the name of Yang’s son, who had received a state-funded grant to assist him with licensing. The executive director of Cannabis for Conservation, the grant’s administrator, said the raid violated “an understanding” between the county and sheriff that participants “will not be enforced upon while navigating” the licensing process.