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About 8,000 pot plants found in Penn Valley

Approximately 8,000 marijuana plants were located early Friday morning, according to a press release from the Nevada County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's deputies, along with Fish and Game and investigators from the District Attorney's Office, used a search warrant at a 140-acre property in Penn Valley for a possible marijuana grow.

Jesse Niesen, 41, of Rough and Ready, was arrested and booked Friday morning on cultivation charges for the 8,000 plants, according to the release. The release said Niesen was found near the marijuana garden in a tent. Espinoza Hernandez, 38, of Tlaxcala, Mexico, was arrested at the scene for the same offense.

The release said that while executing the warrant, several Hispanic males were stopped and questioned as they tried to enter onto the property. When asked why they were there, the release said they claimed they were there to do some work for Niesen. After their information was provided, they were released from the scene.

The plants ranged in size from 16 inches to five feet tall and majority of them were ready for harvest, the release said. It also said that due to the damage done to the land and the possibility of illegal excavation without a permit, Code Enforcement was notified. Code Enforcement officials arrived on scene and conducted an inspection of what appeared to be severe excavation damage of the property.

Source: Nevada County Sheriff's Office

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