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Growers Lose Pot Crop And Vehicles In Raid

MARIPOSA COUNTY – On Tuesday, Dec. 17, agents from the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), assisted by the Merced Multi Agency Narcotic Task Force and the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office, served search warrants at two separate residences located in Mariposa County.

One warrant was served at a property and residence in the 4800 block of Bear Valley Road and the second at a residence and property in the 5400 block of Tip Top Road.

Officers seized live marijuana plants along with 79 pounds of dried, processed marijuana, with an approximate street value of $150,000.

Pot in a cardboard boxThe marijuana was being grown on both properties under the facade of Medical Marijuana, according to the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office.

DEA agents from Texas and Wisconsin were following up on information that the property owner was transporting several hundred pounds of marijuana from his Mariposa properties to the Wisconsin and Texas areas for distribution.

Tractor Trailer rig

Numerous items were seized by the officers including a Freightliner tractor/trailer, one box van, four passenger vehicles, an ATV, two trailers, and a Kubota Tractor.

The DEA is the lead agency and the investigation is ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time.

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