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Compliance check yields more than 100 pounds of pot

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies conducting a compliance check on a marijuana grow just outside Penn Valley ended up seizing guns, money and more than 100 pounds of processed pot.

Members of the enforcement team tasked with enforcing the county’s medical marijuana cultivation ordinance, as well as members of the Narcotics Task Force, went to the residence in the 10000 block of Melody Road on Friday, Sheriff Keith Royal said.

Deputies found eight out-of-state vehicles at the property situated right off Highway 20, where a trimming party allegedly was going on.

A man identified as David Wayne Halliday, 34, was located at the residence, as well as about six other people, all from Utah.

Halliday allegedly admitted to detectives that his sole source of income was the sale of marijuana and that there were approximately 60 pounds of marijuana inside the residence.

A search was conducted and 102 pounds of processed marijuana in grocery bags allegedly were located and seized, worth approximately $200,000.

Deputies also seized more than $2,000 in cash, as well as firearms with high-capacity magazines.

Halliday has not been arrested and the investigation is ongoing, Royal said. The case might be forwarded to federal authorities because of the sheer volume of marijuana recovered, he added.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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The Union Updated Nov 22, 2012 08:29AM Published Dec 3, 2012 07:55AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.