Pot growers come from out of state to grow in Shasta County

Sep 17, 2014 8:23 PM by Debbie Cobb

Shasta County's marijuana eradication team just took in a big haul. Officers seized 1,144 plants from several locations, including Buzzard Roost Road in Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek Falls Road in Montgomery Creek and Backbone
Ridge Road Bella Vista.

The gardens were spotted in a flyover and raided over the last two days. Six people were arrested from Humboldt County, Florida and Arizona. Sergeant Barry Powell, of the Shasta County Sheriff's Office Marijuana Investigative Team or 'SMIT', says they are arresting more and more people from out of state because the land is cheaper in Shasta County.

The suspects face several felony charges including possession of marijuana for sale and cultivaton. Sgt. Barry Powell says there was also evidence of water diversion at the sites, so the suspects will face miscellaneous Fish and Wildlife charges.

The pot eradication season started in April and could go until November, depending on weather.


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