Deputies seize 5,031 marijuana plants in North County
July 20, 2012
A two month investigation has led to the arrests of four people and the confiscation of 5,031 plants discovered in the Los Padres National Forest south of Santa Margarita Lake Road, according to a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s press release.
Detectives used helicopters to reach the three different grow sites. The same helicopter made 14 trips to remove a large amount of trash that had been left around the grows.
As a result of that investigation, on Tuesday, a search warrant was served at home in Bakersfield. Evidence there led to service of a second search warrant at another home in Bakersfield.
Deputies arrested Jose Luis Villa-Carmino, 28, Rafael Deniz-Lopez, 26, Pablo Ramirez-Ayala, 27, Jose Herrera-Aguilera, 30, and seized seven pounds of marijuana and six pounds of marijuana seeds. All four suspects have immigration holds.
The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.