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Dead body located in Butte County leads to 5 arrest

About 2,000 marijuana plants were found after deputies found a dead body inside a vehicle in Butte County on Saturday.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 12:25 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. - Five people were arrested after deputies located a dead body inside a vehicle near an illegal pot farm, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.

On Saturday, deputies with the Butte County Sheriff’s Office located a vehicle without a license plate and was parked in a rural area on Forbestown Rd.

Deputies located a dead body inside the rear of the car and had the vehicle towed to be processed by detectives and personnel from the Department of Justice.

The dead person was identified as 33-year-old Melvin Garcia-Vargas of Sacramento. Detectives found evidence that led them to believe Garcia-Vargas was shot in the lower body.

On Saturday, detectives contacted Carlos Garcia-Hernandez, the father of Garcia-Vargas, and obtained a search warrant for his home in Sacramento.

During the investigation, detectives learned that Garcia-Vargas died at illegal marijuana grow site in the Squaw Flat Rd. area of Forbestown.

More information that detectives gathered was Garcia-Hernandez and his two other kids, Juan and Ronald Garcia-Vargas, moved and concealed Melvin’s body.

A search warrant was issued for the marijuana grows on Dquaw Flat Rd. where the detectives believed Melvin was shot. They found a firearm and 600 marijuana plants.

On Sunday, the detective learned Carlos, Juan and Ronald had another marijuana grow located in the area of Knob Hill Ave. in Oroville.

The swat team served a search warrant at the Knob Hill Ave. location where they found five firearms and over 1,400 marijuana plants.

Detectives believe Melvin may have shot himself accidentally while working at the illegal marijuana grow in Forbestown but the investigation is ongoing.

They also believe the body was moved in an attempt to conceal the dead body and prevent the marijuana grows from being located.

Carlos, Juan and Ronald were arrested. Detectives also arrested Jaun Cruzcupido and Edgar Najera who are from Sacramento.

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