2014-05-22 / Front Page

Deputies eradicate Miami Mountain pot grow

Friday, May 23, 2014 - 10:30 a.m. - Mariposa County Sheriff's Office deputies removed more than 10,900 small marijuana plants from a wilderness grow operation on Thursday, May 22.

The garden was located on the southwest slope of Miami Mountain near the Madera County line, Sheriff Doug Binnewies said.

Two men tending the garden fled the scene. Evidence collected at the site suggests that the garden is linked to an organized drug trafficking organization, Binnewies said.  

Photos of the site show a sophisticated grow operation with a drip irrigation system and a well-stocked campsite. The fleeing men also left behind a pair of 9-mm pistol magazines and a .22 caliber rifle.

One other piece of evidence found at the site was a California Highway Patrol traffic citation dated Feb. 20, 2014. The ticket "was issued to a man with a Hispanic name," Binnewies said. "The investigation is ongoing." 

The garden was located during a surveillance overflight, Binnewies added.

Deputies found two 9-mm pistol magazines and a .22-caliber rifle at this campsite on Thursday, May 22. (Mariposa County Sheriff's Office | CONTRIBUTED)Deputies found two 9-mm pistol magazines and a .22-caliber rifle at this campsite on Thursday, May 22. (Mariposa County Sheriff's Office | CONTRIBUTED)


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