Calaveras County authorities say they eradicated and seized more than 8,600 plants and $1.5 million worth of illegally cultivated pot earlier this month at several unpermitted grow sites, two of which they had previously raided in years past.
A spokesperson for the Calaveras County Sheriff’s marijuana enforcement team announced Friday evening that they arrested two people a grow site in mid-July on the 9000 block of Whiskey Slide Road outside of Mountain Ranch and seized 2,239 growing plants, 23 pounds of processed marijuana, 10 grams of methamphetamine, 10 meth pipes and one semiautomatic handgun.
They estimated the seized pot was worth about $938,000.
The team previously eradicated and seized more than 4,570 pot plants at the same site in 2017.
On July 16, the team seized 106 plants and eight pounds of processed marijuana that they estimated were worth about $139,000 at another grow site on the 16000 block of Highway 26 in Glencoe that had been visited twice in 2018 and 2019.
Nobody was found at the Glencoe property.
Sheriff’s deputies also searched a place on July 15 in the 2000 block of Stallion Way in Angels Camp and seized 722 pot plants worth about $505,000, but no suspects were located at the scene.
The team served two search warrants on July 7 for illegal pot cultivation in the 3000 block of Tree Lane in the rural Wilseyville area and seized 808 marijuana plants and more than 200 pounds of processed marijuana, which they estimated is worth more than $700,000.
Deputies also seized 231 growing marijuana plants and 64 grams of processed marijuana worth about $160,000 at a site in the 4000 block of Blue Mountain Road in Wilseyville.
No suspects were located at the Wilseyville sites and investigations were continuing.
Most of the illegal pot grows deputies searched in recent weeks were in or near the 110-square-mile 2015 Butte Fire footprint. They had warrants for all of the searches.
Jessica Leigh Odle, 33, and Jose Carlos Davila, 25, both of Galt, were arrested at the Whiskey Slide Road grow site on suspicion of felony maintaining premises to sell a controlled substance; misdemeanor illegal marijuana cultivation; and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Odle was also charged on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, while Davila was additionally charged on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance while armed. T
Both suspects were booked July 16 at Calaveras County Jail and released July 17 on $100,000 bail each.
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