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Law enforcement conduct Illegal marijuana grow search warrants near Rosamond

Posted at 11:49 AM, Jul 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-02 14:51:13-04

Multiple law enforcement agencies conducted a search in Neenach, just west of Rosamond for illegal marijuana locations. 

The Kern County Sheriff Department, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife released this statement: 

On June 29, 2018, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife with the assistance of the Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Narcotics Task Force (STC-HIDTA), deputies with Kern County Sheriff's Office East Division Substations, and officers from the Kern County Probation Department executed nine search warrants in the Kern County portion of the Neenach area, just west of Rosamond, CA.

Investigators located and seized 2508 marijuana plants, 30lbs of processed marijuana, and four firearms.  Alejandro Ramirez (25), Josua Flores Santos (27), Jose Garcia (41), Adam Garcia (20), and Lena Makshanoff (71) were arrested for various drug charges related to the illegal cultivation of marijuana.  The estimated street value of the marijuana plants is $5,266,800 and the estimated street value for the processed marijuana is $21,000.

Investigators located restricted use pesticides as well as holes used to dispose of waste at some of the grow sites.  These items can cause environmental hazards for the surrounding areas.  The public is reminded to follow the currect laws set forth by the state and county as it relates to the cultivation and possession of marijuana.