In Suit Against Kern County, Apothio Alleges Illegitimate Investigation ‘Tips’ By Disgruntled Vendor, Fish and Wildlife Misrepresentation of FBI Findings, Sheriff Blow-Up at Government Meeting

In Suit Against Kern County, Apothio Alleges Illegitimate Investigation ‘Tips’ By Disgruntled Vendor, Fish and Wildlife Misrepresentation of FBI Findings, Sheriff Blow-Up at Government Meeting
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<![CDATA[Two years into Apothio LLC’s lawsuit against Kern County, Calif., and others—relating to local and state government officials’ alleged destruction of roughly 500 acres of hemp—the company is bringing forth new allegations.On May 25, Apothio filed an amended complaint against various defendants previously named in case filings, including representatives from the Kern County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). It also added another name on the defendant list: Andrew Halverson of the CDFW, who was not mentioned in the original April 2020 complaint but has been mentioned in subsequent case filings.In the case playing out in the U.S. District Court’s Eastern District of California, the amended complaint alleges, among other things, that “Halverson intentionally, knowingly, and recklessly misrepresented Apothio’s terminated processing agreement with [a company called] ProCann … in the Halverson Warrant and Affidavit to manufacture a narrative that Apothio intended to sell hot hemp rather than legal hemp below the 0.3% THC threshold.”The complaint continues: “In the Halverson Warrant and Affidavit, Halverson stated (1) that Apothio cannot sell hemp with over ‘0.3% THC content,’ (2) that a contract between Apothio LLC and ProCann states that Apothio will send biomass to ProCann, and (3) that Apothio is ‘planning on selling the hemp that it is [sic] over 0.3%.’”However, the language in the since-terminated contract allegedly stated, per the May 25 complaint, that “the biomass extract to be sold is to be ‘less than 0.3% THC,’ showing that Apothio possessed the opposite intent of what Halverson falsely attributed to Apothio.”Another allegation in the complaint centers around an interview that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents supposedly had with Kern County Agricultural Commissioner Glenn Fankhauser and Deputy Director Cerise Montanio about a week prior to the crop’s destruction in October 2019. The complaint cites a four-page FBI report…

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