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2 pot gardens found indoors

Alert patrol work and a bit of luck helped uncover a pair of indoor marijuana gardens, 245 plants and more than $20,000 in cash, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Late summer, when outdoor growers begin their harvests, is usually the busiest time of year for narcotics agents. Year-round indoor growers often slide beneath the radar.



“Most of the time (indoor growers) go unnoticed unless they have made enemies with someone who decides they want to share information, or something specific identifies what they’re doing – such as a fire,” Sgt. Steve Mason said.




On Monday afternoon, a fight between two men caused deputies to check out a Rock Creek Road home, north of Nevada City, after a resident of the home showed up injured at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Mason said.

Lamps were found shining on 116 plants, and $9,000 in cash and “various amounts of processed marijuana” were in the house, the Sheriff’s Office said.

No arrests have been made, and the case remains under investigation.

In another case Saturday, Steve Jaramillo, 27, was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale at his Message Place home off Lime Kiln Road.

Deputies went there at 6:15 p.m. after a dispatcher reported getting a 911 hangup call.

Marijuana plants were found in a second-floor bedroom, and processed marijuana was found throughout the house, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Narcotics agents responded with a search warrant and reported finding 129 plants in the house and a group of outbuildings, and $11,560 cash.

Plants from a few inches to 3 feet were growing under lights powered by an electrical bypass that kept the meter from recording energy usage, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Other arrests are likely in the case, Mason said.

Jaramillo posted $7,500 bail after he was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, a correctional officer said.


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