Aug 20, 2014 4:53 PM by News Staff
Glenn County authorities raided two large marijuana grows Tuesday after locating them while flying over the Mendocino National Forest earlier this month.
One garden was observed in the area of Ice Springs, northwest of Elk Creek, and a subsequent investigation revealed a garden near Shepherd Creek as well.
Tuesday GLINTF Agents, the USFS and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife raided the gardens.
Authorities located and arrested 24-year-old Ivan Villafano, of Carmichael, and seized 732 plants valued at $350,000 at the first grow. Carmichael was booked into the Glenn County Jail on drug and weapons charges, his bail is set at $135,000.
At the second garden, near Shepherd Creek, authorities seized 12,968 plants and roughly 750 pounds of trash and grow materials.
The Glenn County Sheriff's Office is reminding people that are headed to Mendocino National Forest for hunting or recreation purposes to be aware of their surroundings. If you find yourself in a marijuana garden exit immediately.