One Garden Worth $2.6 Million

Thursday, Aug 5, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM PDT
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One Garden Worth $2.6 Million

“We have one gentleman that was arrested that was in possession of two firearms, we have a lot of paraphernalia to sell marijuana, we have other drugs, we have methamphetamine, we have some mushrooms that were seized. So, I would say this is a pretty big deal,” said Special Agent Amy Roderick.

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Narcotics officers eradicated marijuana plants and seized  processed marijuana worth $2.6 million at a garden west of Cloverdale in  unincorporated Sonoma County Tuesday, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office  said.

      The marijuana garden, containing 1,305 plants, was 150 yards long  and 30 yards wide and was watered by a lake on the property, Sgt. Chris  Bertoli said.
     
It was discovered during aerial surveillance and was found during  a search of a residence on state Highway 128, Bertoli said.
     
Narcotics agents also seized 14 pounds of processed marijuana, a  loaded 9mm pistol, a loaded .38-caliber revolver, an unloaded .30- caliber  carbine rifle and an unloaded 12-gauge shotgun, Bertoli said.
     
The search also uncovered pay and owe records, packaging material  and $77,000 hidden in a false wall of a trailer, Bertoli said.
     
The FBI's Safe Street Task Force and the Mendocino County Major  Crimes Task Force assisted the sheriff's department's narcotics unit in the  operation.

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