Calaveras County Sheriff's Office M.E.T. Eradications 9/12 & 9/13

Calaveras County Sheriff's Office M.E.T. Eradications 9/12 & 9/13

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team served a search warrant on Wednesday at an undeveloped piece of private property off of South Gulch Road in Valley Springs. Upon arrival, deputies encountered three men who were tending to approximately 40 marijuana plants. While investigating, it was discovered that a chemical, in white powder form, had been applied to the marijuana plants and had spilled onto the ground. Extensive watering onto a freshly graded area has resulted in the erosion of dirt and flow of water into the nearby drainage; the ground showed white staining consistent with the spillage of the white chemical. The three men were cited for illegal cultivation of marijuana. Although the initial charges are misdemeanor, the investigation is continuing.

On Thursday, the team served a search warrant on Michel Road in Mountain Ranch. The site contained 13 “hoop houses” as well as two travel trailers, numerous water tanks, generators, bags of trash, and general debris. 7,921 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity were removed and destroyed from the site. Additionally, 342 pounds of processed marijuana and 1.3 ounces of concentrated cannabis were also seized. No one was present at the site during the execution of the warrant and this investigation is also continuing.

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