Photo: scene from a marijuana bust
CALAVERAS – Within the span of four days, the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Department served search warrants on five locations, resulting in the eradication of marijuana grows at all five sites.
First, on September 10, they first went to an address in the 12000 block of Armstrong Road. 6,588 growing marijuana plants were eradicated. Two suspects fled the scene before they could be apprehended.
Second, also on September 10, at another residence in the same 12000 block of Armstrong Road, deputies eradicated 48 growing plants. No suspects were located at this residence.
Third, on September 13, deputies served a search warrant in the 90 block of Swiss Ranch Road, eradicating 1,013 growing marijuana plants and seizing “a small amount of processed marijuana and a firearm.” In addition, 3 buildings on the site were “red-tagged” for code violations.
Fourth, on September 13, the 400 block of Ridge Road in Railroad Flat was the next scene of a marijuana bust. Here, 247 growing plants were eradicated. 64-year-old Farm Saeturn and 27-year-old Kae Camero were booked on charges of illegal marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and maintaining a drug house.
Fifth, and finally, also on September 13, deputies went to a residence in the 2000 block of Prussian Hill Road. The residence was now serving as an indoor grow house. 2,126 plants were eradicated and 22 pounds of processed marijuana were seized from the house with visible “severe mold.” This residence was also red-tagged. 53-year-old Caixiang Chen and 55-year-old Juan Lin were booked on charges of illegal marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, maintaining a drug house, renting or leasing a drug house and conspiracy.