MARIPOSA – The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office was busy last week dealing with large marijuana grows in Mariposa County.
On Thursday, May 30, the Sheriff’s Office investigated a large marijuana garden located on private property in the area of the Mormon Bar community.A total of 22,804 marijuana plants were eradicated from the site, which appeared to be consistent with a Mexican drug trafficking operation, according to Sheriff Doug Binnewies. No arrests have been made at this time.
On Friday, May 31, the Sheriff’s Office investigated a marijuana garden located on private property in the area of the 3000 block of State Route 140, northeast of Catheys Valley.
A search warrant was executed at the property where 544 marijuana plants and a semi-automatic pistol were confiscated.
The Sheriff’s Office says four Stockton area men were contacted at the site and arrested. The men reported that the property was owned by a family member. All were booked into the Mariposa County Adult Detention Facility for the violations, and all were held on $45,000 bail.
Three of the four men have since posted bail.
These marijuana gardens are in violation of the Mariposa County Marijuana Ordinance, in addition to state law.