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383 marijuana plants found behind Willows home

A Willows man was arrested this week after 383 marijuana plants were found in a field behind his home.

Posted: Aug 22, 2019 10:49 AM
Updated: Aug 22, 2019 10:52 AM

WILLOWS, Calif. - A Willows man was arrested this week after 383 marijuana plants were found in a field behind his home.

Glenn County authorities conducted a compliance operation at a home on County Road 51 west of Willows.

Members of the Glenn Investigative Task Force received complaints from community members regarding a large outdoor marijuana growing operation.

During the investigation, officers found 383 marijuana plants growing in a field behind the home.

Task force members contacted the resident at the home, who was identified as 32-year-old Rafael Chavez, of Willows. Chavez was arrested, charged with cultivation of marijuana, and booked into the Glenn County Jail.

Recreational use of marijuana became legal in California in 2018. Adults may now possess up to one ounce of dried marijuana or eight grams of concentrated cannabis, and grow up to six plants for personal use. It is still a crime to sell marijuana in California, or to possess it with the intent to sell it -- other than with both a state and local license.

The investigation also involved the Glenn County Probation and Glenn County District Attorney's office.

The specific date and time of the operation were not released.

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