Pot bust nets 1,413 marijuana plants, 1 arrest in Nevada County
Sun News Service
NEVADA CITY, Calif. and#8212; The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force arrested a 50-year-old Nevada City man Wednesday morning after authorities seized 1,413 marijuana plants at three different locations.
and#8220;We had two search warrants for two different locations, two large gardens,and#8221; Sheriff Keith Royal said.
At the first location on U.S. Forest Service land off Lower Greenhorn Road, Sheriff’s deputies, assisted by Bureau of Land Management and USFS officers, reportedly found 354 alleged plants in an outdoor grow.
and#8220;The plants were destroyed,and#8221; Royal said. and#8220;Because they had no buds, they were left on site.and#8221;
Robert Furnas was living inside a tent at the site, Royal said. He was arrested on suspicion of planting, cultivating and possessing marijuana and booked into the county jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
In addition, officers issued a search warrant on private property in the 14000 block of Chalk Bluff Road, where they found both indoor and outdoor grows. Authorities found 758 plants in various stages of development at the location. No one was on the property at the time of the raid.
and#8220;When officers were at residence, they saw an air vent coming out of ground,and#8221; Royal said.
After investigating, they found a trap door hidden inside an outbuilding that led to a sophisticated indoor growing facility and#8212; a 25-foot-long Conex box located underground, complete with ventilation and grow lights.
and#8220;A Conex box is a metal storage box used for storage or for overseas transport,and#8221; Royal said. and#8220;They’d dug a deep trench, buried it and covered it with dirt so it was level. It had been developed into an indoor grow (operation), but it had no plants inside.and#8221;
Authorities executed a third search warrant on the 15000 block of McQuiston Lane in Grass Valley, where they allegedly found an additional 301 marijuana plants under cultivation and just one medical marijuana recommendation.
and#8220;We also confiscated processed and packaged marijuana and scales,and#8221; Royal said. and#8220;That investigation is continuing and charges will be filed through the Nevada County District Attorney’s office.and#8221;
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