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Pot busts net 97 plants

Christina Nelson

Almost 100 marijuana plants and approximately seven pounds of packaged marijuana were found in two separate drug busts Tuesday morning.

At 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, officers served a warrant on a residence in Glenshire after officers received a tip about a marijuana growing operation in the home.

Dionna A. Henderson, 25, of Truckee and Timothy Guzzardo, 26, also of Truckee, were arrested after officers found 38 marijuana plants and packaged marijuana in the Manchester Drive residence, said Sgt. Dan Johnston of the Truckee Police Department.

Half an hour later, officers served another warrant at a home in Tahoe Donner, where officers found 59 marijuana plants “in a pretty sophisticated marijuana grow,” Johnston said.

Peter Henderson, 38, of Truckee and Mammoth Lakes was booked on cultivation of marijuana charges. The other resident of the Ramshorn Drive house was not home, and officers will be attempting to make contact with him, Johnston said.

At the Glenshire home, full-grown marijuana plants and “clones” – clippings of an adult plant used to form new plants – were found, along with 6.9 pounds of packaged marijuana.

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Johnston said a pound of marijuana is worth about $3,000 to $4,000, depending on the quality.

“There was a 3-year-old inside the house and that child was taken from the mother and placed with Child Protection Services,” he said.

Henderson was booked on cultivation of marijuana and child endangerment charges. Guzzardo was booked on a cultivation of marijuana charge. Their bail has been set at $10,000 each.

“The mother did claim a Proposition 215 exemption, which is the medical marijuana exemption,” Johnston said. Because of the amount found in the house, Johnston said he believes it was for sale.

Johnston said the medical marijuana exemption allows a person to possess a maximum of one pound of marijuana.

A Nevada County Sheriff’s Office deputy said Peter and Dionna Henderson are not related.

The Truckee Police Department worked in conjunction with the South Lake Tahoe/El Dorado County Narcotics Task Force.