Shasta County authorities bust large pot grow

Jul 13, 2015 8:45 PM by News Staff

Officials say a large marijuana grow in Shasta County has been busted after authorities raided land in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest Monday.

According to the sheriff's office, agents with several agencies conducted the operation Monday in a rural area near Potem Creek Falls, east of Montgomery Creek.

Officials found one man, identified as Rafael Ochoa Gomez, working at the site. Gomez initially fled from agents, but a K-9 tracked him down nearby.

Officials say several marijuana processing centers were found near the grow site, and estimate seven other people were involved in the day to day operations.

Authorities seized around 700 pounds of pot, but say the 6,387 plants at the largest site had already been harvested.

Gomez was treated at Shasta Regional Medical Center and then Shasta County Jail on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy, water diversion and pollution.

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