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2 men arrested on illegal pot, animal cruelty charges

The Glenn County Sheriff's Office arrested two men on charges of marijuana cultivation and animal cruelty after receiving complaints from neighbors of a grow operation.

Posted: May 9, 2019 4:33 PM
Updated: May 9, 2019 4:42 PM

ORLAND, Calif. - The Glenn County Sheriff's Office arrested two men on charges of marijuana cultivation and animal cruelty.

Members of the Glenn Investigative Task Force responded to a residence at 4550 County Road FF, West of Orland, due to reports of a large outdoor marijuana grow. 

Investigators found 140 marijuana plants growing at the location, including several indoor growing rooms. 

According to authorities, the growing operation was being maintained by Omar Prado, 30, of San Jose, and Rafael Acosta-Gomez, 37, of Modesto. 

Investigators also found that the men had a dog that was being inhumanely detained. The dog had a chain around its neck that they had to use bolt cutters to remove. 

The dog was sent to Burnham Veterinary Clinic for care and safekeeping. 

Lastly, investigators found that there were unsafe electric lines leading from the house to the areas where they were growing marijuana. The electrical lines were a violation of Glenn County code. Investigators also found a loaded firearm. 

Prado and Acosta Gomez were both arrested for animal cruelty, cultivating marijuana and maintaining a place for cultivation of marijuana.  

Glenn County has an ordinance in place that prohibits outdoor growing and delivery of marijuana. 

Recreational use of marijuana became legal in California on Jan. 1, 2018. Proposition 64 states that adults age 21 and older can possess one ounce of dried marijuana or eight grams of concentrated cannabis. The law also states that people can grow up to six plants for personal use, which is subject to certain local and state restrictions. 

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