Yesterday, detectives with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at 10175 Alberton Ave in Chico. During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located several commercial size green houses on the property being used to cultivate marijuana under the guise of Proposition 215.
Detectives found a total of 1,467 marijuana plants, 11 pounds of processed marijuana, three ounces of hash, .8 ounces of psilocybin and three firearms. The detectives also found evidence of approximately 1,000 additional marijuana plants which had already been harvested from the property.
Evidence of marijuana sales were also located at the scene, which is a violation of Proposition 215. The property was being leased by 44-year-old Christopher Byers, who was not on scene when detectives executed the search warrant.
The Butte Inter-agency Narcotics Task Force also assisted on the raid. Both agencies stated they were amazed at the size of the commercial greenhouses and elaborate marijuana growing operation. According to the Sheriff’s press release, each greenhouse was approximately 200 ft. by 80 ft., equipped with 4-foot ventilation fans and an 80-foot long cooling system. Detectives learned the property was originally built as a commercial tomato plant farm which was converted into a large scale marijuana growing operation.
Due to the complexity and scale of this case, the investigation is ongoing at this time.