MADERA COUNTY – Narcotics agents with the Madera County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MADNET) have uncovered flagrant abuse of Prop 215, arresting a man flaunting a medical marijuana card in a veiled attempt to flout the law, says the Sheriff’s Office.
Early Tuesday morning, Mar. 4, MADNET served a search warrant at a home located on Road 19 near Avenue 7.
There they found Adalberto Romero-Ferreya, 22, of Morelia, Mexico, tending to a marijuana garden consisting of 432 plants.
According to agents, Ferreya, who claims no gang affiliation but sports a tattoo commonly used by criminal street gangs, produced a medical marijuana recommendation card to prove his cultivation was perfectly legal.
Despite getting caught for growing in numbers well above the legal recommended limit of 99 plants, Ferreya claimed he didn’t know there was a limit. In addition to that, he was also in direct violation of the County’s established medical marijuana ordinance, which dictates where and how medical marijuana may be grown in Madera County.
In addition to the 432 plants valued at $518,400, agents also seized nearly four pounds of processed marijuana, as well as a vehicle that was reported stolen out of Redding, CA, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Ferreya, a Mexican National, was booked into the Madera County Department of Corrections where he remains jailed on an Immigration Hold.
Agents with Madera Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit and Madera County Sheriff’s Detectives assisted in the operation.