Warrants lead to arrest of 10 for pot grow

By From page A3 | October 13, 2013

VACAVILLE — Authorities arrested 10 men on a variety of alleged drug and weapons offenses as a result of an investigation into illegal marijuana operations, according to a police press release.

Officers with the Vacaville Police Department’s Narcotics Team and the Shasta County Sheriff’s Department conducted an operation Thursday and Friday in which three search warrants were served in the cities of Vacaville, Fairfield and in Shasta County.

This investigation was started by detectives who developed information about the illegal supply of marijuana coming into Vacaville.

Warrants were served at 10:30 a.m. Friday on the 200 block of Santa Cruz Street in Fairfield and 8:30 a.m. on the 1500 block of Alamo Drive in Vacaville.

While serving search warrants at 10 a.m. Thursday on three 40-acre properties in Shasta County, about 247 marijuana plants were seized along with more than 200 pounds of dried marijuana with an estimated street value of nearly $1 million, according to police. Authorities also seized two rifles, one from a grow site and one from a Fairfield residence.

Police arrested Oscar Panduro, 36, and Jose Campos, 20, both of Vacaville; Epigmenio Vargas, 33, Eric Jacobo-Duran, 21, and Salvador Cervantes, 22, all of Fairfield; Ricardo Nieves, 21, of Woodland; Ricardo Alvarado, 33, and Adan Mendosa, 18, both of Mexico; Luis Sandoval, 56, of Richmond; and Samuel Gonzales, 23, of Napa.

All of the suspects were arrested at the grow sites in Shasta County. Most of the 10 suspects were allegedly in possession of marijuana, according to police.

The suspects were arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. In addition:

  • Alvarado is accused of running from one of the grow sites during one of the searches and was apprehended by a California Department of Fish and Wildlife K-9 officer. He was transported to the hospital and later booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of delaying and obstructing a police officer.
  • Sandoval was also arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm in the commission of a felony. The loaded firearm was allegedly found in his vehicle at one of the grow sites, according to police.
  • Campos was also booked on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine.

The Vacaville Crime Suppression Team also assisted in the operation. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Vacaville police drug tip line at 449-5243.

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Adrienne Harris

Adrienne Harris

Adrienne joined the Daily Republic in September 2009. She earned her journalism degree at the University of Florida in 2005 and has worked at newspapers in Fort Pierce, Fla.; Las Cruces, N.M.; and El Paso, Texas.

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  • Rich GiddensOctober 12, 2013 - 8:39 pm

    Just legalize it and stop wasting my tax money trying to stop a weed that grows anywhere.

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  • PatriotOctober 13, 2013 - 4:45 am

    Wow, I wonder how many are illegals? But not in California. We won't be turning them over to immigration due to not committing any violent crimes. Thanks to the Governor and his buddies!

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  • The MisterOctober 13, 2013 - 8:22 am

    Come on, Patriot. Illegals needs somewhere to live too. As long as it's California, what's the problem?

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  • ThriftyOctober 13, 2013 - 10:15 am

    I'm sure glad to see were wasting our resources arresting people for growing Marijuana in Shasta County. Goes to show you the Vacaville Cops cant find anything to do here. Sounds like a StuTan operation to me.

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  • General Fadi BasemOctober 13, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    They were hardworking guys just trying to feed their family by doing jobs Americans won't do.

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  • General KnowledgeOctober 13, 2013 - 4:54 pm

    And if Pot was legal we could stop wasting tax payer dollars on these raids, arrests, prosecution & incarceration of these so called “Illegal’s” and they could go back to picking grapes, bussing tables, short order cooks, etc.

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  • General KnowledgeOctober 13, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    And if Pot was legal we could stop wasting tax payer dollars on these raids, arrests, prosecution & incarceration of these so called “Illegal’s” and they could go back to picking grapes, bussing tables, short order cooks, etc.

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