The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office finished August with a flurry in its efforts to stamp out illegal marijuana grows.
On August 20, in conjunction with the Department of Fish and Wildlife, CCSO deputies served a search warrant on the 1400 Block of Hidden Valley Road in West Point. During the subsequent investigations, officials destroyed 219 marijuana plants and seized 72 grams of processed product. Dung Ly, of West Point, was arrested for illegal marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a drug house. Johnny Tu, of Mountain Ranch, was also arrested for illegal cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to commit a crime.
CCSO and DFW didn’t stop there, serving another warrant for illegal cultivation near the 2000 Block of Bald Mountain Road and Eganhoff Road in West Point. Officials seized an additional 91 plants and arrested Zachery Cockerton, of Jackson, for illegal marijuana cultivation with water code and Fish and Game code violations and possession of marijuana for sale.
The following day, on August 21, both agencies kept up the momentum, serving multiple warrants on several parcels in the 6000 and 7000 Blocks of Cedar Springs Road and Mountain Ranch for illegal marijuana cultivation. During the investigation, officers and deputies found and destroyed 2,943 marijuana plants and seized 4.25 pounds of processed product. Officials also found multiple environmental violations on these areas, which had been searched in 2018 during previous efforts. No one was arrested on this location, but the investigation remains ongoing. Calaveras Code Compliance and Calaveras Water Board are both investigating for additional violations, as well.
On August 27, CCSO deputies and DFW officers served yet another warrant of illegal marijuana cultivation in the 1000 block of Simpson Road and Railroad Flat. As officials searched the property, they found and destroyed 741 plants and a small amount of process product. The property was also hit with Calaveras County code violations, no one was arrested on-site, but the investigation remains ongoing.
Pulling a second long day, both departments served another warrant in the 1100 Block of Royal Lane in Railroad Flat. This time, officials only located and destroyed 115 plants, and found no one in the area. The investigation remains ongoing.
On August 28, CCSO deputies served a warrant for illegal marijuana cultivation in the 4300 Block of Buckboard Lane in Copperopolis. The subsequent investigation found 759 plants that were destroyed and the operation setup appeared to indicate illegal commercial operations. No one was found in the area and the investigation remains ongoing.
On the same day, CCSO deputies served another warrant for illegal marijuana cultivation in the 3000 Block of Wagonwheel Drive in Copperopolis. Deputies found 615 plants, a dog, cat and over 150 chickens contained in small pens. A multitude of dead chickens were found inside the pens with the living chickens. The animals were taken by Calaveras Animal Services and are being cared for. Several structures on the property were also tagged as uninhabitable by Calaveras County Code Compliance. No one was on the property at the time, but the investigation remains ongoing.