PLACER COUNTY (CBS13) — An illegal marijuana grow at a rural property in Placer County has been raided by authorities.
The Placer County Sheriff’s office says, back on Aug. 5, deputies with their Special Operations Unit served a search warrant at a marijuana grow site in Alta. The site was on a hillside leading directly into the North Fork of the American River, deputies say.READ MORE: Summer Basketball League Aims To Keep Youth Away From Violence
At the site, about 2,400 marijuana plants, 400 recently harvested pot plants, and about 200 pounds of processed marijuana was found.READ MORE: Foundation That Helps People On Autism Spectrum To Open First Brick And Mortar In Sacramento
Deputies also discovered a “considerable” amount of chemicals around the property. With the grow site being on a hill, the sheriff’s office says it would have been inevitable for some chemicals to wash down when it rains and pollute the river.MORE NEWS: Woodland Restaurant Owner Says Fast Spread Of Delta Variant Forced Temporary Closure, Staff Loss
Several suspects who were maintaining the site were found living in tents at the property, deputies say. In total, six people – all from out of the area – were arrested in connection to the grow: 30-year-old Jose Checo, 22-year-old Humberto Chomo, 38-year-old Cerillo Delacruz, 23-year-old Onorio Delacruz, 25-year-old Meliton Hernandez-Velasco and 19-year-old Adrian Regino. All are facing numerous drug charges.