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Missing Grass Valley man linked to pot-growing operation

John Hart / Sun News ServiceOne of three cargo trailers seized by the Sheriff's Office had been retrofitted to serve as a hydroponic pot-growing operation.

GRASS VALLEY “-Isaiah Marsh, the Grass Valley man who has been missing since April 14, has been linked to a countywide pot-growing operation, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said.

Drug Enforcement Administration agents and sheriff’s deputies served search warrants on several homes in the county Monday, discovering a different Nevada City man allegedly growing marijuana “clones” for sale and converting cargo trailers into hydroponic growing operations.

One of the trailers allegedly had been sold to Marsh.

Robert Thompson, 52, allegedly had grown about 5,000 marijuana clones ” essentially cuttings or plant starts ” to sell to large-scale growers in the county. He also allegedly had purchased nine cargo trailers and had converted them into hydroponic growing operations. He has not been arrested pending the ongoing investigation.

Deputies confiscated one trailer at Thompson’s residence in the 500 block of Jordan Street in Nevada City, and one in the 11000 block of Wild Turkey Lane in Smartsville.

Both of those trailers were registered in Thompson’s name.

Deputies also found and confiscated 30 pounds of processed marijuana and about 100 plants from the Jordan Street and Wild Turkey Lane locations, Royal said.

A third trailer allegedly was found at Marsh’s residence in the 14000 block of Hobnob Way, off North Bloomfield Road about a mile north of Nevada City.

The three trailers ” which resemble large enclosed horse trailers ” show an increasing level of sophistication in their retrofitting, Royal said.

The trailer found at the Hobnob Way address did not contain any marijuana, but did have “shake,” or residue, on the floor, Royal said. It also contained trays stacked on the floor, drip tubing attached to a faucet and supports for grow lights.

The six other trailers have not been found, he added.

“At this point, we fear foul play,” Royal said of Marsh. “He has disappeared off the face of the map and that is not like him.”

Royal urged anyone with information about Marsh or the whereabouts of the missing trailers to call 265-1471.

There have been no sightings of Marsh since April 14, said his brother, Narayan Marsh. A signal from Isaiah Marsh’s cellular telephone was last picked up by a tower at Bullard’s Bar.

“I know they are investigating some leads that are too sensitive to release,” Narayan Marsh said Tuesday. “But he has not been found.”

Marsh is 5-feet-10-inches tall, weighing about 220 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. His truck, a black 2003 Ford F350 dually with California license plate 8J41251, also is missing.

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