Calfire spots pot garden |

Calfire spots pot garden

Nevada County Sheriff’s officers confiscated 37 marijuana plants Tuesday from a small marijuana garden on Jones Ridge Road in Nevada City, Sgt. Bill Smethers with the sheriff’s narcotics taskforce said.

Calfire chanced upon the pot garden Tuesday morning while responding to a fire on the same property.

The owner of the property had an expired medical marijuana recommendation, Smethers said.

“He claimed he was growing the plants for three individuals, but was unable to give us their names or produce any recommendations for them,” Smethers added. “He claimed that they had burned their recommendations.”

The sheriff’s office is now pressing charges against the man, but he has not been arrested, Smethers said. The police didn’t release the man’s name.

Tuesday’s raid comes on the heels of the biggest pot raid of the year last week, when the narcotics taskforce seized more than 1,600 marijuana plants in the South Fork Yuba River canyon Aug. 13.

In June, seven people were arrested on Bitney Springs Road at a site where processed marijuana powder, called kef, methamphetamine, cocaine, $48,000 in cash and several weapons were allegedly found.

This is the time of the year when growers are starting to harvest their marijuana, according to local law enforcement. The plants are now large and tend to draw people’s attention, officers said.

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