Tehama County man fed up with what appear to be illegal pot grows

Oct 3, 2014 6:01 PM

Shane lives with his family in a rural part of Tehama County. He says the parcels of land in his neighborhood are mostly 20 to 30 acres, and most of the people who move in are retired.
He moved to the area to raise his children among the horses and hills, with Mount Shasta in the distance. But he says a new crop of neighbors that he says are not exactly welcome now call his neighborhood home, at least seasonally; the season that coincides with growing marijuana.
Two years ago, Shane says a couple moved in and grew a large amount of marijuana, harvested it, then moved away. The next year, he says more people moved in, put trailers up on several parcels of property, erected plywood fences, then grew dozens of marijuana plants, then moved out. He says, "More plywood fences and more 100 plant compounds. They just move in, put in the trailer, and build a fence around the pot and grow enormous amounts of pot out here."

Some of these strangers began approaching him and his neighbors. He says, "They're Hispanic...They usually have one person with them speaking English. They say, ‘hey, do mind if we grow marijuana on your property? We'll give you $2,500 a month for the season.' I said, ‘No, I have kids. I like my kids to enjoy life-not seeing pot plants all around them.'"

He says he's called the Tehama County Sheriff's Office Marijuana Enforcement Officer, left a message, and has never gotten a call back. Says Shane, "I check the webpage, it said they can grow up to 12, there's more like 100, not like 12."

Calls to the Tehama County Sheriff's Office has not been returned.


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