Butte County search warrant nets 2000 pot plants, fire arms

Jul 25, 2015 8:05 PM by David McVicker

Two men are in custody after a multi-agency task force raided a large scale commercial marijuana growing outfit in Butte County Friday.

Silvano Gonzalez-Mendoza, 42, and Juan Pablo Santiago-Monjaraz, 31, are being held on a swath of charges after members of Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit assisted by Butte County Sheriff SWAT, Butte Interagency Narcotic Task Force, California Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management served a search warrant in the 16900 block of Musty Buck Road, Cohasset, according to officers involved in the bust.

During the raid, officers said three men fled out of the back of a home on the property. One of the suspects, apprehended by a Fish and Wildlife K9 officer, was armed with an AK-47 assault rifle with high capacity magazine. The suspect was transported to Enloe Medical Center for dog bites before being transferred to Butte County Jail. A search of an adjacent house on the property revealed 172 pounds of marijuana shake and a fully automatic AR-15 with a 100 round detachable drum, an AR-15 rifle with scope, a 12 gauge semi-auto shotgun with four rounds of 00 buck, and several other firearms.

Officers also searched three separate growing and marijuana processing locations resulting in the confiscation of more than 2,100 plants. Investigators determined that the growers had already harvested one batch of plants from these locations and were attempting a second harvest.

Gonzalez-Mendoza is being held on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, resisting arrest, armed in the commission of a felony, armed with an assault weapon, possession of assault weapons, possession of a machine gun. Gonzalez-Mendoza’s bail has been set at $203,000.00.

Santiago-Monjaraz is being held of charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale. His bail has been set at $100,000.00.


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