The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office executed a marijuana eradication operation on Monday at five locations between West Point, Railroad Flat and Mountain Ranch resulting in the destruction of over 12,000 marijuana plants and seven arrests, Calaveras County Sheriff Rick Di Basilio said.

The pot bust was the result of a three-month multi-agency operation that included the California Counterdrug Task Force, the California Highway Patrol, the California Department of Water Resources and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, DiBasilio said.

“We are targeting all the unregistered illegal grows in the county,” DiBasilio said.

The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office destroyed a total of 12,617 plants, recovered two weapons and red tagged two structures for code compliance violations as uninhabitable spaces.

At 9 a.m. in West Point, on the 1300 block of Argonaut Lane, Thuyen Thi Nguyen, 60, of an unknown address in West Point, was booked on suspicion of marijuana cultivation including the illegal diversion of water and misdemeanor charges resisting a peace officer.

At 10 a.m. in West Point, on the 1300 block of Argonaut Lane, Cheng Kuang Chao, 67, and Nai Wang Chao, 56, both of Sacramento, were booked on suspicion of marijuana cultivation including the illegal diversion of water.

At 10:45 a.m., Leon L. Santos, 33, of the 5400 block of A Street, Fort Myers, Florida, was booked on suspicion of marijuana cultivation with the illegal diversion of water and misdemeanor charges resisting a peace officer following an arrest at an unknown marijuana cultivation sites in the area.

At 2:45 p.m. in West Point, on the 21400 block of Highway 26, Phu Minh Nguyen, 31, of San Jose, and Nhat Tien Nguyen, 35, of Stockton were booked on suspicion of criminal conspiracy and misdemeanor charges cultivating more than six marijuana plants.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com . Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.




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