Truckee man arrested in pot raid
Truckee police recovered 157 marijuana plants, six pounds of processed pot, two handguns and nearly $4,000 in cash in an early morning pot raid in Glenshire on Friday. Police arrested Jon Michael James Steinbach, 27, on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and possession of the drug for sale during the raid. Steinbach had a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana and a “grower’s identity” for Bay Area pot clubs, but the amount of drugs far exceeded the county guidelines for marijuana possession, police said.”Basically the Bay Area clubs have identified him as a certified grower for personal use,” said Truckee police Lt. Harwood Mitchell. “That doesn’t provide him the lawful access to sell [marijuana].”Marijuana use and possession, in limited amounts, is legal under California law with a doctor’s prescription. Any possession or use of the drug, however, is still illegal under federal law.The bust followed a tip police received about the marijuana growing operation and after officers received a warrant to search the residence.Several rooms in the home had been reconfigured to support marijuana growing and thousands of dollars of lighting and other grow equipment was mounted in the rooms, according to police.”These plants need a lot of light and heat,” said Harwood Mitchell.Mitchell said the bust was one of the largest cases the police department has had this year.Steinbach admitted that he sells a pound of marijuana for $3,500 as well as local sales of eighth-ounce bags for $40.Police estimate that the drugs were valued at $20,000 using those values.Sierra Pacific Power responded to the home and disconnected all power because of the alterations to the electrical system. A building inspector for the Town of Truckee will be inspecting the property, police said.
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