Pot harvest season leads to arrests
Harvest season yielded 12 arrests and more than 100 pounds of marijuana on San Juan Ridge the last couple of days.
On Thursday night, three persons were arrested and a fourth arrest is pending after Nevada County Narcotics Task Force agents found more than 40 pounds of packaged pot at a Robinson Road home, near Oak Tree Road.
Friday night, agents arrested nine people after finding more than 60 pounds of packaged pot and 20 outdoor plants at a Sages Road home, north of Tyler-Foote Crossing Road.
The cases are unconnected, but mark the largest busts of the year, according to Sheriff’s Lt. David Baxley.
“It’s that time of year,” he said. “Because of the weather, they’ve had an extended growing season.” He noted that the High Sierra had snow this time last year.
Names weren’t immediately available in Friday’s case. Baxley said agents found medical marijuana recommendations posted at the home and were trying to compare those with suspects at the scene.
Thursday’s suspects are all residents of the Robinson Road home.
Harry Kawa, 57, Michael Kawa, 24, and Caleb Knowles, 23, each were booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. Each later posted $10,000 bail, according to a jailer.
Medical recommendations were posted at the Robinson Road home, but the 40-plus pounds of marijuana exceed the District Attorney’s Office’s guidelines of two pounds of processed marijuana and 10 plants per patient, Baxley said.
Agents left behind some marijuana, but Baxley wasn’t sure how much.
Much of the marijuana was separated into kilos, about 2.2 pounds, and wrapped in paper, Baxley said.
Agents also found harvested marijuana in varying stages of drying, as well as weighing scales. Three outdoor plants also were at the home.
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