Humboldt Building Inspector Accused of Taking Bribes

An inspector with the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department was arrested last week on charges of bribery and grand theft involving members of the county’s marijuana industry.

47-year-old Patrick William Mctigue is accused of accepting more than $100,000 in bribes, many from marijuana growers, in return for promises to expedite the permitting and approval process.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office says Mctigue has been under investigation since November, when they received complaints from several victims who claim he defrauded them.

“Obviously this behavior is not tolerated. As shown with Mr. Mctigue’s arrest,” County Planning and Building Director John Ford said Wednesday. “We have been working collaboratively with the sheriff’s office.”

Read more about the arrest at KRCTV and the Eureka Times-Standard.