Law enforcement agencies served 15 search warrants on private property parcels in Southern Trinity, focusing on illegal marijuana cultivation and environmental crimes, the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office said.
Operation Southern Trinity July 25-27 led to seizure of 66,902 growing marijuana plants; 3,525 pounds of processed marijuana; 2 pounds of butane honey oil; 2,300 pounds of fertilizer and 3 firearms.
The law enforcement action, which encompassed a total of 1,500 acres of neighboring parcels, led to the detention of 15 people and the arrest of a sole individual, identified as Jesus Moreno out of Victorville, Calif.
Moreno was arrested on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. He is also being charged with 16 different environmental crimes, as are other individuals associated with this incident, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Agencies involved with the operation included the Trinity County Sheriff’s Office, Trinity River CHP, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North State Major Crimes Investigation Team, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, California National Guard, and Trinity County Environmental Health.