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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/23/2021 01:02 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/23/2021 01:02 PM
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Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Eradicates Over $5,000,000 in Marijuana in Latest Raids

San Andreas, CA...Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Team summaries for August 23rd and September 9th, 2021. On August 23rd, 2021, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Unit served a search warrant for illegal marijuana cultivation in the 5000 block of Paramae Road in Railroad Flat. Deputies seized 107 growing marijuana plants with an estimated value exceeding $74,000. No suspects were contacted at the site. Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing.








On August 25th, 2021, a search warrant was served in the 3000 block of Roden Lane in West Point. The residence had been converted to facilitate indoor marijuana cultivation. Deputies seized 971 growing marijuana plants. No suspects were contacted at the scene. Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing.

On September 2nd, 2021, a search warrant was served on a parcel located off Quartz Mountain Road in West Point. Deputies seized 371 growing marijuana plants with an estimated value exceeding $259,000. This site was previously eradicated in April, 2021, in which 612 growing marijuana plants were eradicated. No suspects were contacted at the site. Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing.

Additionally on September 2nd, 2021, an unrelated search warrant was served in the 6000 block of Riata Way in Angels Camp. Deputies seized 3,688 growing marijuana plants with an estimated value exceeding $4,794,000. Additionally, two firearms were seized. A portion of the residence had been converted for indoor marijuana cultivation, and a large shop structure on the property had been entirely converted for indoor marijuana cultivation. The shop consisted of two levels and multiple rooms containing marijuana in several stages of growth.

Calaveras County Code Enforcement Officers responded to the site and Red Tagged the structure for violations including unsafe electrical and construction. Three suspects were contacted at the scene and placed under arrest. Xiaoping Liang, age 40 of San Mateo, CA, Mei Chang Chen, age 57 of Angels Camp, and Xiongying Chen, age 56 of Angels Camp, were booked into the Calaveras County Jail on charges of 11358 H&S Illegal Marijuana Cultivation, 11359 H&S Possession of Marijuana for Sale, 11366 H&S Maintaining a Premises for Sales of a Controlled Substance and 182 PC Conspiracy to Commit Crime.

On September 3rd, 2021, a search warrant was served in the 3100 block of Berkesey Lane in Valley Springs. Deputies seized 393 growing marijuana plants and 24 pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated value exceeding $542,000. The residence had been converted to facilitate indoor marijuana cultivation. No suspects were contacted at the scene. Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing.

Additionally on September 3rd, 2021, an unrelated search warrant was served in the 2000 block of Andreas Vista Drive in San Andreas. Deputies seized 54 growing marijuana plants with an estimated value exceeding $70,000. This location was previously eradicated in 2017 in which 208 growing marijuana plants and 1,220 pounds of processed marijuana were seized and again in 2018 in which 191 growing marijuana plants were seized. No suspects were contacted at the scene. Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing.

The Calaveras Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone with knowledge of illegal marijuana operations to call the Sheriff’s Office Anonymous Marijuana Tip Line at (209) 754-6870.


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Posted on: 2021-09-23 13:37:16   By: Anonymous
 
I feel like a law that allows law enforcement to sell this product to a licensed distributor at fair market value would be a logical law. I doubt that's worth $5m. But even if it was $2m, and the money went back to the county general fund... how would that not be a win/win.

If it went into a legal channel.

Of course the legal growers would be pissed at the competition at the wholesale level, but it's already competing with them at the retail level, so they are already dealing with it.



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    Posted on: 2021-09-23 13:38:43   By: Anonymous
     
    How much time do you do for "182 PC Conspiracy to Commit Crime". That feels like the most token rookie cop charge I've ever heard of.

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      Re: /\ How much time...
      Posted on: 2021-09-24 12:59:53   By: Anonymous
       
      That depends on the severity of the crime. Sometimes if that's one of many charges, the court could drop it. It's how the judicial system works and always has been that way and always will in the future unless the state legislators change it. By the way kudos to the CCSO! Thank you, SRS.

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    Posted on: 2021-09-23 16:24:28   By: Anonymous
     
    Yes auction it all grow equipment, drip system, fertilizers, land any and everything at the property.

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      Posted on: 2021-09-23 16:37:20   By: Anonymous
       
      I don't think you can take away their property - that's a bridge too far in a free society We don't take away the land owned by people who drink and drive or been those to murder....

      But the drugs themselves. Those would spoil. And we can't give those back.

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    Posted on: 2021-09-25 23:01:50   By: Anonymous
     
    Most of the illegal and a good bit of the "legal" commercial cannabis is contaminated. The State of CA did not ban many harmful pesticides.

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Posted on: 2021-09-23 13:39:22   By: Anonymous
 
Like we really have enough water to do this type of activity?? Get them out of here and put a lien on the property to be sold and recover costs. What low life’s and nerve to invade the hard working American. 20,000 at the border able and willing to do this exact same thing!! Better think about our future before one votes. Very simple indeed…

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    Posted on: 2021-09-23 14:47:12   By: Anonymous
     
    Thank you Melita,Benji and Garibaldi for your support of this trash.

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      Posted on: 2021-09-23 18:43:25   By: Anonymous
       
      How funny, sell off the plants that are “infested” with poisonous fertilizer?? Now, for a twisted brain, that makes since. Get these scums out of our county and turn them into law enforcement! We, the people are responsible to do our part…

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    Posted on: 2021-09-23 16:38:20   By: Anonymous
     
    Stop shooting your stupid mouth off about the border all the time, loser boy.

    It just makes you look small.



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      Posted on: 2021-09-23 16:53:52   By: Anonymous
       
      The border has a lot to do with this. Many of these grows are run by Mexican cartels and they exploit whomever they can to do the work. These workers are coming over the . . . wait for it. . . . the border.

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    Posted on: 2021-09-23 16:39:00   By: Anonymous
     
    You can't put a lien on the property to 'recover law enforcement costs'. . But you can sell the drugs into a legal channel.

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      Posted on: 2021-09-25 23:03:10   By: Anonymous
       
      Ha! This marijuana is most assuredly contaminated.

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Posted on: 2021-09-24 11:42:54   By: Anonymous
 
the Cops need to learn to let the fish take the hook, and reel in these scumbags. Of course, the DA will let them go, but thats no shame on them.

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