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Press Release Story

Search Warrants Targeting Environmental and Water Violations at Illegal Cannabis Cultivation Sites
(Posted 7/31/2019)

On July 29th, 30th and 31st, the Yuba County Marijuana Enforcement Team (METYU) assisted by Nevada County Sheriff’s Department, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California State Water boards, NET-5, California National Guard Counterdrug, and the California Department of Food and Ag Cal Cannabis Cultivation Licensing, executed fifteen search warrants in regards to environmental violations due to cultivation of marijuana. These locations focused around cultivation sites in close proximity to South Honcut Creek, Natchez Creek, Tennessee Creek, and Dry Creek in the foothills of Yuba County.

As a result of the investigation, 5104 marijuana plants were eradicated, 53 lbs in processed marijuana was seized, and 10 people were arrested and/or cited. 28 Fish and Wildlife and water violations were discovered, including diverting creeks and pumping from the creeks to the cultivation sites. Additionally, violations totaling over 15 million in potential fines were noted by the California Department of Food and Ag CalCannabis Cultivation Licensing at the targeted properties.

The locations searched were in the areas of:

12000 block of Edgehill Way, Loma Rica
12000 block Lone Tree Ln, Loma Rica
Pineview Ln, Loma Rica
16000 block New York House Rd, Brownsville 
Indiana Ranch Rd, Dobbins
Scott Forbes Rd @ Deer Creek, Browns Valley
17000 block Ponderosa Way, Brownsville 
16000 block Vierra Rd, Rackerby (9 locations)
7900 Reed Ln, Rackerby (3 locations)

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