YUBA CITY (CBS13) – Net-5 Task Force members say a family was selling marijuana out of the back room of a gas station—less than a mile from the Sutter County Jail.
At 7 a.m. Tuesday, members of the joint narcotics task force, Net-5, served warrants for four different suspected grow houses in Yuba City.
Undercover detectives snatched 100 plants that were hidden in a back room of a 76 Gas Station at 1466 Colusa Avenue. While that much marijuana would usually stink up the place. They say that along with being the first illegal grow they’ve ever uncovered at a gas station, it was one of the most sophisticated.
“This was a very big grow. Probably one of the most sophisticated ones I’ve seen as far as the equipment and the way that they’ve done it,” said Sgt. Chad Lizardo. “Each plant had its own drip line. They were good plants, quality plants.”
Task members were led to the business and three others after they uncovered a grow at a different location. When they arrived at the gas station with the warrant, task members say they didn’t know it was being used to grow the plants.
“We didn’t know where was a grow here. We happened to stumble onto it when we served our search warrant,” said Sgt. Lizardo.
The ventilation system made it so you couldn’t smell the odor from inside the store.
Today’s raids were the culmination of a six-month investigation in Yuba City, and were still being carried out as CBS13 spoke with task members.
Officers arrested two brothers in connection with the raids and believe their father may also be connected.
Task members say today’s raids resulted in the seizure of 500 plants.
Net-5 serves the Yuba-Sutter area and is comprised of law enforcement personnel from the Yuba County Sherrif’s Department, Marysville Police Department, Yuba City Police Department, Sutter County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, and the State Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.