No arrests in Camptonville pot bust
Special to The Union
Anti-drug agents seized and destroyed 102, 6- to 8-foot-tall marijuana plants at a grow site in Camptonville on Tuesday.
Three people from the Lake Tahoe area were found on the 20-acre property, but no one was arrested when a search warrant was served in the 15000 block of Allegheny Ridge Road by agents with the bi-county NET-5 agency.
Property owner Nicholas Gitlin is being sought for questioning, NET-5 Commander Martin Horan said.
Trees had been cleared to provide space for the plants, which had grown to have stalks as large as 5 to 6 inches in diameter.
Where the water came from to irrigate the plants was not known by agents, Horan said. There was a large plastic water tank on scene, with irrigation piping directed to the plants.
Agents found $36,000 and 10-pound packages of marijuana in sealed plastic bags, Horan said. Through an investigation of a phone of one of the trimmers on site, agents learned the marijuana was being sold for about $1,800 a pound.
A medical marijuana card was found on the property in Gitlin’s name, but the grow was out of compliance, Horan said.
Located on the property was a yurt, a greenhouse and a 40-foot shipping container and sheds, but nothing that was legally considered a residence, Horan said.
The three people were released without citation. Horan said it will be up to the District Attorney’s Office whether charges will be filed.
Agents learned about the site from an anonymous citizen who reported a grow site and a butane hash oil lab. No lab was found on scene.
Contact reporter Monica Vaughan at 749-4783 and on Twitter @MonicaLVaughan.
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