Raid brings in cash, pot plants, mushrooms |

Raid brings in cash, pot plants, mushrooms

Officers seized marijuana, gold and silver coins and $70,000 in cash in what they believe is a “commercial operation” in North San Juan, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said Thursday.

Officers with Nevada County Narcotics Task Force seized 73 marijuana plants, more than 10 pounds of dried, trimmed marijuana, two large bags of hallucinogenic mushrooms, six firearms and four safes from the 23000 block of Hyatt Road on Wednesday evening, Royal said.

“From the safes, we’ve recovered $70,000 and several pounds of gold and silver coins,” Royal said. “Based on the volume of cash and marijuana, we believe this must have been a commercial marijuana growing operation.”

The owner of the property was not at home when the search was conducted, Royal said. His name is being withheld until the investigation is complete, Royal added.

“Our officers have received information that (the property owner) might be in an Oregon jail on charges. We don’t know right now,” Royal said. A local arrest warrant will be issued, and the Oregon jurisdiction will be notified, Royal said.

“Once he has served his charges there, we’ll go pick him up,” Royal added.

No one was present on the property during Wednesday’s raid, and officers don’t suspect anyone else besides the property owner, Royal said.

“We don’t believe anyone else is involved, but as in all investigations, it’s sometimes amazing the paths you could be going down as facts emerge,” he said.

This is the second big drug bust for the Narcotics Task Force in recent weeks.

Last month, officers uncovered a major drug ring at a house on Bitney Springs Road that led to the arrest of seven people. Officers confiscated two pounds of methamphetamine, one-quarter pound of cocaine, one pound of processed marijuana kef (fine powder), $48,000 in cash, two rifles, a pump shotgun, ammunition and scales for weighing drugs.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User