Humboldt Crabs Manager Matt Nutter was arrested this morning on suspicion of growing marijuana in his Blue Lake home. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office found nearly 300 marijuana plants in a greenhouse and outdoors, as well as five guns.
From the sheriff's office:
On 08-12-2013, at approximately 9:00 a.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search warrant at a residence located in the 300 block of Wiregrass Road, Blue Lake. When deputies arrived they met with the homeowner and suspect Matthew Frank Nutter, 50 years old. Deputies searched the property and residence and located three outdoor marijuana gardens and a greenhouse with marijuana plants. The plants ranged in size from 1 ½ feet tall to 6 feet tall. There were 39 marijuana plants growing in the greenhouse and 226 marijuana plants being grown outdoors. A search of the residence revealed five firearms, two shotguns, two rifles and a pistol. Nutter was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, maintaining a residence where marijuana is grown and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was transported and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where his bail was set at $75,000.00.
Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.
The Crabs website offers this bio of Nutter:
Matt pitched for Loyola Marymount University while pursuing his degree in Business Administration. While pitching in the American Legion World Series, Matt was caught by the well-known pro catcher and manager, Bob Melvin. His four years pitching with the Crabs resulted in a 10-0 record along with 10 saves. Matt has been with the Crabs for 21 seasons, as a player for four, Board Member and Vice President for 11 and is in his sixth year as Manager. He was named 2007 Horizon Air League manager of the Year when he led the Crabs to the Horizon Air League Championship. At the helm of the Crabs, Nutter has compiled an overall record of 217-57. Matt lives in Blue Lake with his wife Shandra and their 3 daughters [names redacted].
Nutter isn't the first person from Crabs coaching staff to run afoul of the law