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Nineteen people arrested for alleged pot grow at 20 area homes

Nineteen people were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of growing marijuana plants in 20 homes in Elk Grove and Sacramento, as part of a large-scale bust headed by the Elk Grove Police’s Street Crime Unit.

Wednesday morning, about 150 to 170 law enforcement officials from Elk Grove, Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, Central Valley High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, Yolo Narcotics Enforcement Task Force, Yuba-Sutter Narcotic Enforcement Team and the Department of Justice served search warrants at 20 locations.

About 6,000 marijuana plants were seized, along with more than 180 processed marijuana, and more than $70,000 in cash.

Child Protective Services also took custody of nine children, between the ages of 1 and 15, who were living in several of the homes that had been converted into marijuana growing operations. Seven homes in Elk Grove were also red-tagged as being unfit for habitation.

The raids were the result of a several months-long investigation by the Elk Grove Police Department Street Crimes Unit into a group of people who were responsible for a large scale indoor marijuana growing and cultivation operations.

All the individuals arrested were part of several families that had relationships with each other, but are not believed to have ties to organized crime, said Officer Christopher Trim, Elk Grove police spokesman.

“This is not the end of the investigation,” Trim said. “There may be links to other operations and other individuals. Typically, this type of operation leads to other things.”

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