The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team eradicated more than 300 plants at an illegal grow in the San Andreas area this week.
On July 9, 2019 the Marijuana Enforcement Unit served a search warrant onto a residence located in the 6300 block of Old Gulch Road, east of San Andreas. During the service of the warrant, 399 marijuana plants were seized and destroyed from two “hoop house” structures which were located on the property.
The structures containing the marijuana were situated directly above a seasonal creek which was actively flowing. One structure was less than 20 feet from the creek, and ditches had been cut into the hillside to allow excess water from the growing operation to flow directly into the creek. Although no illegal pesticides were discovered, the plants did appear to be heavily treated with fertilizers. Investigators also discovered that a ditch had been dug which led from a pile of white powdery substance into the creek.
Calaveras County Environmental Health was contacted and will be provided case details and photos for follow up. A Law Enforcement Officer from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife was present during the service of the warrant and is assisting in the investigation. The case is being reviewed for charges and actions.
No persons were arrested or present at the site during the service of the warrant, however, items of identification were collected and the investigation will continue.
The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with information on potentially illegal marijuana cultivation sites to call the Sheriff’s Marijuana Tip Line at (209) 754-6870.