LAMONT — Six suspects were arrested in a rural part of Kern County on Wednesday, after sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant on a concealed marijuana field near the Walker Pass Trailhead near Lake Isabella.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office Major Violators Unit siezed 3,171 marijuana plants along with five firearms, including an AK-47, near a home in the 7000 block of Weedpatch Highway in Lamont.
When deputies approached the residence the suspects fled the scene on foot, leaving behind 304 pounds of processed marijuana in a vehicle next to the residence.
“All of the suspects were apprehended hiding in a field near the residence,” said a police spokesperson.
According to police, the suspects are all illegal Hispanic immigrants, and include five adult males that were booked into the Kern County and a 17-year-old male who was taken by police to Juvenile Hall.
A Department of Homeland Security Officer placed detainers on all of the suspects.
The search warrant was the seventh served by deputies in the past two weeks, concluding a series of large scale marijuana investigations throughout the county that has resulted in the seizure of over 33,000 marijuana plants.
The lastest was the result of an investigation that began on July 16, when deputies said they tracked the suspects from a supply drop near Delanaga Canyon and Highway 178 .
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