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Weed whacked – Penn Valley bust yields 200-plus marijuana plants

Detectives from the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force arrested three men on a variety of drug charges Friday after confiscating 204 marijuana plants from a Penn Valley home.

Sgt. Bill Evans said detectives confiscated the plants from a home on the 11000 block of Mushroom Trail just after 9 a.m. Friday, and that the plants could have yielded 800 pounds of marijuana.

The marijuana confiscated had a value of $450,000, Evans said. Evans said that the three men produced a physician’s note allowing them to cultivate marijuana for medicinal use. Because of the medicinal allowances, detectives left 60 other marijuana plants on the property.

“We’re not out to take down anyone who is within the law,” Evans said.

Detectives arrested the following suspects Friday:

• Zachary Rasmussen, 21, of Granite Bay, on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. Evans said Rasmussen was also found with a small amount of cocaine in his possession.

• Thomas Williams, 20, a Meadow Vista resident, on suspicion of cultivating marijuana.

• Rodger Boss, 23, of Citrus Heights, on suspicion of cultivating marijuana.

Evans said detectives issued a search warrant after flying over the area Sept. 15.

Evans said seven different patients who were on the property had prescriptions for medicinal marijuana. The property, he added, was most likely used primarily as a place to grow marijuana, and that it didn’t appear that anyone was living permanently at the home.

“It was basically a place to crash,” Evans said.

Evans said members of the Narcotics Task Force will be conducting periodic aerial flights during September and October, the prime marijuana harvesting season.

“There are hundreds of gardens all over the county that we’ve spotted,” Evans said. “Over the next few weeks, people will be frantically harvesting their gardens. With the weather changing, people get real concerned about their crops.”

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