Sweep: Land could be seized



Federal agents: They came, they searched, they left -- but not before filing documents at the county courthouse that may allow them to seize about 2,000 acres in Humboldt and Mendocino counties.

Federal and local law enforcement confirmed that the land was the target of the raids conducted last week in a massive show of force -- 450 agents -- primarily in rural southern Humboldt with the exception of a house in Arcata and a property in McKinleyville.

"All of the investigation focused on residences and individuals tied to the 2,000 acres" known as Lost Paradise or "Buddhaville," said Humboldt County Sheriff's Lt. George Cavinta.

The court papers recorded Thursday reveal that the 2,000 acres belong to the Lost Paradise Land Corp. While the stockholders remain unknown, the papers name the corporation's officers and some others related to the busts.

The North Coast Journal hits the streets today with the full version of the story (available on-line Thursday).

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