Man arrested after pot, guns found in raid
August 5, 2013
Placer and Nevada County Sheriff's deputies swarmed two residences in South County Tuesday, seizing hundreds of marijuana plants and a number of assault rifles.
Members of the Nevada County Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force assisted Placer County with serving two search warrants regarding the growing, sale and distribution of marijuana, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal.
The first warrant was served in the 22000 block of Sunset Ridge Road in Lake of the Pines, which was described as the residence of Seth Adam Garten, 32.
Deputies located approximately $3,900 in cash, as well as six assault rifles, three of which were illegal because the magazine could be easily released, said Narcotics Task Force member John Dzioba.
The second residence, in the 10000 block of Carriage Road, was being used for the sole purpose of growing marijuana, Dzioba said.
Neighbors reportedly became suspicious after bamboo fences began appearing around the deck and the yard, and their suspicions were confirmed after some of the marijuana plants grew so tall they could clearly be seen above the fencing.
Two people were found at the address who were tending the garden, and they were interviewed and released at the scene.
Deputies located 115 plants growing outside that were 3 to 7 feet tall, Royal said. They also found 117 smaller clones growing inside a greenhouse.
All of the plants were seized, Dzioba said.
During the search, deputies also located a pound of "honey oil," or concentrated cannabis, 10 pounds of processed marijuana, 1 gram of heroin and a "handful" of opiate pills, Royal said.
Garten was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, planting and transporting marijuana for sale and criminal conspiracy. He was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility and released on $10,000 bail.
It was not clear why Garten faces conspiracy charges. Questions about any ongoing investigation or further arrests were referred to the Placer County Sheriff's Office, and a detective there did not return calls for comment.
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