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$400,000 worth of marijuana seized by drug task force

Members of North Shore’s drug task force seized more than $400,000 worth of marijuana from a Truckee home last week and arrested two men on suspicion of growing the plants.

Investigators from the North Tahoe Task Force began their investigation of a residence at 12653 Greenwood Drive in Truckee about three weeks prior to serving the search warrant late Sept. 3, said Lt. Steve Albertsen of the task force.

Inside the home, investigators found two separate grow rooms, one hidden behind a false wall and the other built underneath the house, Albertsen said.

Arrested at the location were Norman Anderson, 29, of Truckee and James Cochran, 44, who gave investigators a Crystal Bay post office box but was found living elsewhere in Truckee on subsequent investigation.

At the house, investigators found more than 10 pounds of marijuana already packaged for sale as well as a total of 100 full and partially grown plants. Each plant is capable of producing about one pound of finished product.

“There was paperwork indicating they had possibly been purchasing growing material since 1995,” Albertsen said.

It took more than three hours to remove evidence from the residence including plants, ballasts, scales, recipes for how to mix the fertilizer and items used to dry and package the marijuana, he said.

On Friday, investigators served another search warrant at a home they believe belongs to Cochran at 14676 Tyrol Road. There they found two more grow rooms, these devoid of plants, but containing growing equipment including lights and ballasts, bins, potting soil and evidence that he was stealing electric power by tapping into an outside source before it registered at the electric meter.

“We also seized (evidence) that shows he was living at that address,” Albertsen said.

Anderson and Cochran were booked at the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office in Truckee on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sales and cultivation of marijuana.

They were released after posting bail of $5,000 each.

Contacted Tuesday, Anderson declined to comment based on the advice of his attorney.

The task force is a combined unit with representatives from Washoe, Placer and Nevada county sheriff’s offices and the Nevada Division of Investigation.

Anyone with information on drug-related activity in the North Shore-Truckee area may call, toll-free and anonymously at 1-888-300-TASK.

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