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Fresno Co. Arrests Four People During Marijuana Bust

The Fresno County Sheriff's Office excavates a second large marijuana crop in one week and arrests four people. They say the crop would be worth millions in street value.
The Fresno County Sheriff's Office excavates a second large marijuana crop in one week and arrests four people. They say the crop would be worth millions in street value. 

Sergeant Homer Montalvo says they started investigating a grow found near Manning and Indianola in Selma last week. Detectives flew over the field several times spotting thousands of marijuana plants, Sgt. Montalvo says.

People nearby reported hearing shots fired in the area and saw armed guards in the field, according to deputies. 

"Anytime we receive reports of firearms involved in the cultivation of marijuana it's definitely going to increase the priority," Sgt. Montalvo says. 

Friday morning 20 deputies arrived at the field anticipating armed guards and patrol dogs. They were able to seize the crop without problems and arrested four people. 

The Sheriff's Office spent six hours removing 14,000 plants. They say pot filled 15 acres of the 47 acre plant. They estimate the crop could be worth up to $14 Million on the street. 

Last year Fresno County passed a new ordinance outlawing the growing of all marijuana. Now anyone growing marijuana, inside or outside, can be fined $1,000 for each plant. Land and property owners can also be fined.

Sgt. Montalvo says they have seen an decrease in grows since the ordinance became law. 
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