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Claim Jumping Law

Written by Michele Brawn (email)
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It is the penal code that if presented to any law enforcement officer that will allow & require him to make an arrest on claim jumping.

Once the Sheriff OR whoever is on site with you, you may be required to make a citizen's arrest & he will haul the party to jail.

Every person who steals, takes, carries away, or attempts to take, steal, carry away, from ANY mining claim: including panning, sluicing, dredging, undercurrent, riffle box, tunnel, or sulfurate machine, another's gold dust, almalgam, or quicksilver; guilty of grand theft, & is punishable by imprisonment as a felony in this state PRISON & EXTENSIVE FINES.

It is in YOUR best interest not to claim jump.

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P. Haven

Posted on Sep 29, 2012 01:43 AM

RCW 78.44.330 Mineral trespass — penalty. (1) A person commits the crime of mineral trespass if the person intentionally and without the permission of the claim holder or person conducting the mining operation: (a) Interferes with a lawful mining operation or stops, or causes to be stopped, a lawful mining operation; (b) Enters a mining claim posted as required in chapter 78.08 RCW and disturbs, removes, or attempts to remove any mineral from the claim site; (c) Tampers with or disturbs a flume, rocker box, bedrock sluice, sluice box, dredge, quartz mill, or other mining equipment at a posted mining claim; or (d) Defaces a location stake, side post, corner post, landmark, monument, or posted written notice within a posted mining claim. (2) Mineral trespass is a class C felony.


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