2014-06-12 / Front Page

Deputies pull pair of gardens

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 - 12:45 p.m. - Mariposa County Sheriff's Office deputies this week eradicated one medium-sized and one smaller-sized marijuana-grow operation.

With 5,361 plants, the larger garden was located in the vicinity of Hunter's Valley Point near Lake McClure. Law-enforcement personnel took the garden down on the morning of Monday, June 16, Sheriff Doug Binnewies said. 

Two adult males fled the scene and were not apprehended.

"The garden did appear to be related to a Mexican national drug-trafficking organization," Binnewies said.

The smaller grow operation had 474 plants, indoors and out, at a residence on Indian Gulch Road in Cathey's Valley. No one was home when deputies served a search warrant at the residence on Wednesday, June 18. The investigation is continuing, however, Binnewies stated.

This marijuana garden in the Hunter's Valley Point area of Lake McClure totaled 5,361 plants. County deputies eradicated the illegal grow on June 16. (Mariposa County Sheriff's Office|Contributed)This marijuana garden in the Hunter's Valley Point area of Lake McClure totaled 5,361 plants. County deputies eradicated the illegal grow on June 16. (Mariposa County Sheriff's Office|Contributed)

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