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Large drug bust in nearby Winters

Many of our Roseville readers may have seen a slew of previous posts here that cover the arrest of individuals who are alleged to be involved in marijuana growing operations in Northern California. It appears that the issue may be more problematic in the area, perhaps because of the climate and the vast, open wilderness areas throughout the region. On July 17 yet another alleged grow site was raided by the authorities, this time located in an area west of Winters, which is about 60 miles west of Roseville.

According to the reports, a stunning amount of marijuana plants were seized: over 2,650. 10 pounds of processed marijuana was also allegedly discovered. A task force made up of agents and officers from a variety of different agencies were involved in the operation. Two individuals were arrested during the search and seizure raid - a 19-year-old man and a 20-year-old man. The reports indicated that the two men were described as "transients." Both were arrested on serious drug charges, including possession of marijuana for sale.

To make matters worse, a firearm was also discovered at the location, so these men will be facing more charges in addition to the ones related to efforts to sell drugs. The firearm was reportedly a 40-caliber handgun.

While the culture surrounding marijuana use may be changing in America, and in California in particular, efforts to grow marijuana illegally can be met with severe sanctions. The individuals in this case were reportedly also using an extremely toxic form of pesticide, which caused further concern for the authorities involved in the case. The two men will have a hard go of crafting a solid criminal defense, and it would not be a surprise to see the co-defendants attempt to separate themselves to approach the charges individually.

Source: Daily Democrat, "2 arrested near Winters in major marijuana cultivation case," July 19, 2013

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