Shasta drug cops bust large scale outdoor pot grow operation

Mar 30, 2016 11:54 AM by News Staff

Two people are in custody after Shasta County narcotics officers seized a large outdoor marijuana grow operation west of Igo.

Several agencies including the Shasta County Sheriff's Office and the California Fish and Wildlife Water-shed Enforcement Team raided a located the property in the Trinity Alps Preserve.

Authorities found close to 11,000 pot plants of various ages and growth stages. Officers then eradicated the plants on-site.

Enrique Nunez, 19 of Stockton, and Sergio Becerril-Molina, 29 of San Jose, were arrested.

Authorities also seized eight grams of suspected methamphetamine from inside a trailer that was found on the property.

Agents also found a highly toxic insecticide known as Carbofuran that was being used to treat the pot plants... a chemical that has been banned in the U.S.

Members of the central valley water board were also on scene looking into environmental damage as a result of water diversion on the property.


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