Shasta drug cops seize more than 2000 marijuana plants in raid

Feb 18, 2016 8:44 PM by David McVicker

A multi-agency task force raided two different location in Shasta County Thursday netting drug cops a bust of more than 2000 marijuana plants, the Shasta County Sheriff’s office reported.

Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT), Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force (SINTF), Burney Patrol Division and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Watershed Enforcement Team raided two locations in Shasta County.

The first location was a property near the 30000 block of Smith Logging Road in Oak Run. During the raid, investigators found approximately 1,400 marijuana plants in what investigators called a “sophisticated cultivation sites” in three separate buildings. Agents also found around 5 pounds of processed marijuana and several firearms.

Baron Risling, 35, was detained at the site and arrested for weapons possession and multiple health and safety violations.

The second raid was conducted at a property near Highway 299. Agents recovered more than 600 marijuana plants at this location. Although no subjects were located, agents recovered two boats and a motorcycle they believed to have been bought with profits from drug sales.

More than 2,000 marijuana plants were seized form both locations, which were connected to one suspect, Ruben Carey, 32, of Oak Run. Shasta County District Attorney are currently seeking an arrest warrant for his involvement in the operation.


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