Pot, plants seized at South County indoor grow operation
Narcotics detectives served search warrants at two commercial warehouses and a residence in South County Tuesday afternoon, reportedly seizing 125 marijuana plants, more than 200 pounds of marijuana shake and cola, $8,000 in cash, LSD and Ecstasy.
Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force went to the warehouses in the 10000 block of Streeter Road and discovered what Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Smethers called a “sophisticated indoor grow” in both buildings, as well as a suspected butane honey oil lab.
Detectives reportedly seized 126 plants in various stages of growth, 150 pounds of shake, or leaves, and six pounds of cola, or bud.
There were four people at the scene, Smethers said; two of them claimed responsibility for one of the grows.
“They said they were growing for a cooperative, but they did not have recommendations, or proof of any recommendations for anyone else,” Smethers said.
A man reportedly was found with pain medication for which he did not have a prescription; he was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and violating probation, as well as an outstanding warrant, and was booked and released on $17,000 bail.
Detectives also served a search warrant at a residence in the 15000 block of Sunnyvale Lane belonging to the tenant of the warehouses.
They reportedly found a small amount of methamphetamine, as well as LSD, Ecstasy and 145 pounds of marijuana cola on the stem.
Between the two locations, Smethers said, $8,000 in cash was seized. Deputies also reportedly located money counters, packaging material and other indicators of sales.
The main suspect was not located and is being sought, and the investigation is ongoing, Smethers said. He will face multiple charges, as will the two growers at the warehouse.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4229.
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