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2,500 pounds of pot seized by sheriff’s deputies serving warrant near school in Modesto

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A search warrant served at an illegal pot grow in Modesto on Friday morning found about 900 plants plus processed marijuana, the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office reported.

The search was conducted about 7 a.m. at a residence on the 900 block of Lenore Court, just east of Mark Twain Jr. High School in west Modesto. Thirteen people initially were taken into custody and four firearms were seized, Sgt. Luke Schwartz told The Bee.

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Another marijuana bust in Southern Oregon takes nearly 9,000 pounds off the street

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JACKSON COUNTY, Oregon — A truck pulling a cargo trailer drew the suspicions of police in Southern Oregon after the driver reportedly committed several traffic violations.

An Oregon State Police trooper pulled over the driver on State Route 62 near Eagle Point on October 12 around 3:00 p.m.  He consented to a search, which uncovered approximately 350 garbage bags of dried, processed marijuana weighing just shy of 9,000 pounds.

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Marijuana bust made in commercial area of Turlock

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The Turlock Police Department seized a large stash of marijuana plants on Wednesday at a commercial building in down that had a value of more than $1 million.

A search warrant was obtained and served shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday at a site in the 2800 block of Lassiter Lane, which is located in a commercial area of the city of Turlock. 

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Turlock marijuana grow targeted by Sheriff’s deputies in county-wide eradication effort

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A Turlock property was one of over 60 outdoor and indoor illegal marijuana grows raided by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office last week as part of “Operation Green Day,” which saw nearly 20 different agencies come together for the department’s largest illicit cannabis eradication effort yet. 

The major, week-long operation was spearheaded largely by the Sheriff’s Office Community Resource Unit and took place after months of planning, with the Northern and Southern California Bureau of Cannabis Control teams sending their Cannabis Enforcement Unit to assist. The joint effort also included collaboration with others like Stanislaus County Public Works, whose Bobcats and tractors were needed to tear down the illegal grows, along with local water and power agencies, who helped determine if crops were using stolen utilities, to name a few. 

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Cannabis revenues to drop

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Yet another developer agreement for a cannabis retailer was amended by the City Council on Monday in light of a more local competition which will result in less revenue for the city.

The Ceres City Council voted 3-2 to approve changes to the agreement that allows Pacafi Cooperative, Inc., to pay less in fees to operate its Patient Care First dispensary at 1442 Angie Avenue in Ceres.

At the time of the first developer agreement was inked, the Patient Care First began operating in December 2017 with only selling cannabis to medicinal patients. But it later began selling recreational marijuana after California voters approved recreational cannabis use among adults. In the past three years, other jurisdictions like the city of Turlock and Stanislaus County also followed Ceres’ example and began allowing dispensaries, which have cut into sales.

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Mexican National Charged with Marijuana Cultivation Operation in Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County, Department of Justice Reports

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FRESNO, Calif. — A federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment on Thursday against Eleno Fernandez-Garcia, 36, a native and citizen of Mexico, charging him with conspiring to manufacture, distribute, and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, and damaging public lands and natural resources, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, the cultivation operation consisted of over 1,000 marijuana plants and was located in the Basin Creek drainage in the Stanislaus National Forest in Tuolumne County. Fernandez was found at the grow site in possession of pruning shears and two cellphones covered with marijuana debris. The cultivation operation is alleged to have caused significant damage to the environment. The area is near recreational activities and a natural spring used for bottled water.

This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Forest Service, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) of the California Department of Justice. Integral Ecology Research Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the research and conservation of wildlife and their ecosystems, analyzed and documented the environmental damage. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case.

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Police found more than 1,400 marijuana plants inside a building in Northern California

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(CNN)A man was arrested in West Point, California, after authorities discovered 440 pounds of illegal marijuana inside a building, the Calaveras County Sheriff's Office said.

More than 1,400 marijuana plants were seized Thursday when deputies served a search warrant and found that a large shop building adjacent to a home had been turned into a grow house, the sheriff's office said.
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Nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County will be dismissed, district attorney says

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Nearly 66,000 marijuana convictions in Los Angeles County will be dismissed thanks in part to state laws that paved the way for the action, the county district attorney said Thursday.

The cases include 62,000 felony convictions for cases -- including those for marijuana sales and cultivation -- dating back to 1961, and about 4,000 misdemeanor possession cases, District Attorney Jackie Lacey's office said.

"The dismissal of tens of thousands of old cannabis-related convictions in Los Angeles County will bring much-needed relief to communities of color that disproportionately suffered the unjust consequences of our nation's drug laws," Lacey said in a news release.
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Success is ‘just being welcomed by the community’ for new Turlock-bound marijuana dispensary

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TURLOCK, Calif. — In a town that previously banned marijuana, success won't necessarily be measured by dollars and cents. For some dispensaries, it might be more about turning heads for the right reasons than turning a profit.

At least two of Turlock's first-ever marijuana dispensaries aren't far from breaking ground. There are even plans for some shops to open up this year.

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