Law enforcement officers searched two places in Rail Road Flat and Copperopolis this week and destroyed more than 2,200 marijuana plants, a lieutenant supervising marijuana enforcement deputies with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
No people were cited, arrested or taken into custody.
The place in the 1400 block of Rail Road Flat Road is the same location where three men were killed in an attempted marijuana robbery in October 2015, sheriff’s Lt. Anthony Eberhardt said.
On Thursday, deputies with a search warrant found a trailer with unspecified “primitive living conditions,” an outdoor cooking area, and nobody on the property. Deputies seized and destroyed 201 large marijuana plants, in accordance with the search warrant. An investigation at the location was ongoing, Eberhardt said.
In October 2015, deputies responded to a reported shooting at the same place and found three men dead. Terry Glen Looney Jr., 44, of Waterford, Wesley David Smith, 46, of Snelling, and Robert Daniel Haney, 60, of Modesto, all died of gunshot wounds, Calaveras County Coroner Kevin Raggio said.
Jeremiah Lee Barrett, of Jackson, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and a special allegation enhancement on the use of a firearm in the death of Smith. Barrett was acquitted in the second-degree murders of Looney Jr. and Haney. In May 2017, Barrett was sentenced to six years in prison and ordered to pay $1,800 in felony restitution by a Calaveras County Superior Court judge.
On Friday, California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation records show Barrett is locked up at Folsom State Prison.
The second place searched by marijuana enforcement deputies was in the 4400 block of Hunt Road in Copperopolis. Deputies found “an elaborate marijuana growing operation” concealed among rows of olive trees covering several acres, Eberhardt said. The growers were using raised planting beds, lighting and irrigation for the marijuana plants.
Deputies seized and destroyed 2,097 marijuana plants taken from the olive orchard. An investigation at the Copperopolis location was ongoing. Eberhardt said the two search warrants executed Thursday this week were not related.
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