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Cockfighting roosters, 920 marijuana plants among items found at illegal grow site

Among the items found at a property in the incorporated town of Burson were 11 pounds of processed marijuana, cockfighting roosters and an illegal pesticide.
Among the items found at a property in the incorporated town of Burson were 11 pounds of processed marijuana, cockfighting roosters and an illegal pesticide. Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office

Cockfighting roosters, an illegal pesticide and 920 marijuana plants were some of the items found by Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies last week at what they said was an illegal marijuana grow site.

The items were found after deputies served a search warrant Friday at a property in the incorporated town of Burson, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. The site was flagged by the department in late May and it later deemed an illegal marijuana grow operation.

Deputies found an additional 11 pounds of processed marijuana and what officers believe to be a bottle of Carbofuran, an illegal pesticide. Five roosters with injuries that indicated previous cockfighting where also taken from the home.

Jose Moran, 63, was arrested following the search of the property. He was booked into the Calaveras County Jail with several charges, including cultivation of more than six marijuana plants, possession of marijuana for sale, cockfighting and possession of an unregistered pesticide.

The department is asking the public to contact them if they believe they live near an unregistered marijuana grow or if they have any information about Friday’s arrest. Calls can be made to the Calaveras County Marijuana Enforcement Team Tip line at 209-754-6870.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets

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