Three people were arrested, accused of drug and gun offenses, after law enforcement officers served a search warrant at the site of suspected illegal marijuana growing operation in El Dorado County.
The Western El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team, on Aug. 27, obtained a search warrant for a residence in the 2500 block of Hoboken Creek Road in Greenwood, where they believed marijuana was being illegally grown. Because of the “extensive and violent past” of one of the suspects, El Dorado County sheriff’s SWAT officers served the warrant, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.
At the residence, members of the narcotics enforcement team and the Placer County Sheriff’s Department’s special investigations unit found five different cultivation sites and more than 150 marijuana plants, authorities said.
Officers contacted four people on the property. They reported that one of those people, 23-year-old Dalton Gilman, was carrying a loaded handgun. Gilman had been arrested by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office in July on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana with intent to sell.
More firearms were found inside the home, and sheriff’s officials said evidence indicated that people with criminal convictions had access to the weapons. One person, who was not present during the search, is being sought for questioning.
A stolen motorcycle and a suspected stolen generator also were found on the property, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Taken into custody along with Gilman were Robert Murphy, 39, and Matthew Batchelder, 22. Gilman was arrested on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and carrying a loaded firearm in the commission of a crime. Murphy was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, cultivating marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale. Batcheleder was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana.
All three men were booked into El Dorado County Jail. Sheriff’s officials said Murphy and Gilman were released Monday, and Batchelder remains in custody for an outstanding warrant.