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Sheriff’s Office Seizes More Than 650 LBS of Marijuana at Termo Grow Operation

A trailer full of marijuana seized by Sheriff’s Deputies near Termo on October 12th – LCSO provided photo

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, working with Lassen County Code Enforcement personnel seized more than 650 pounds of marijuana from a grow operation near Termo in northern Lassen County last Thursday. According to LCSO Captain Kevin Jones, Code Enforcement had an inspection warrant to enter the property to inspect for potential violations.

“Deputies observed people on the property and tried to communicate with them on their PA system,” explained Jones. “The people refused to comply with directions and entered a make-shift structure located on the property.”

Deputies spent an extended period of time trying to talk the subjects into leaving the structure before ultimately making entry, only to find that the people had fled from the residence.

“During the inspection of the property,” said Jones, “Deputies discovered large quantities of processed marijuana, and some marijuana that had been harvested, but not yet processed.”

According to Captain Jones there were no doctor recommendations posted or visible at the property, and no other evidence that the marijuana was being grown and processed for medicinal purposes.

“Based on such,” said Jones, “as well as the fact that the growers had fled the scene, it was believed that the marijuana was being grown and processed for criminal purposes.”

A criminal search warrant was applied for and obtained out of the Superior Court of Lassen County.

Additional processed marijuana was discovered as Deputies searched the premises, as well as portions of marijuana plants that were drying in tent structures. Harvesting tools and evidence of multiple growing and processing sites were also found.

Deputies seized the processed marijuana, and the marijuana that was in the drying process.

“Although cultivation of marijuana is only a misdemeanor,” said Jones, “over 450 pounds of processed marijuana and approximately 200 pounds of marijuana in the drying stage was seized on the property.”

According to the Sheriff’s Office the property owner of record is Michaelor Sao Vue, of Fresno, California.

-LCSO provided photo
-LCSO provided photo
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