Five people were arrested Monday in connection with commercial marijuana growing operations in Butte County.
The Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at three adjoining parcels on Potters Ravine Drive in the Oroville area. Although the two growing operations were found on the same parcel, sheriff’s officials said they were not connected to each other.
One operation consisted of four greenhouses and two separate outdoor growing areas. A total of 758 growing marijuana plants were confiscated at this site, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. Deputies located and arrested Ruben Aguilera, 20, and Ruben Medina-Garcia, 20, both of Riverside. Both were booked into Butte County Jail on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. Medina-Garcia also was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The second operation consisted of seven greenhouses and one outdoor growing area. A total of 388 growing marijuana plants were confiscated from this location. Sheriff’s officials said the plants were in both the flowering and the vegetative stages of growth. Deputies located and arrested Jeanne Proteau, 68, Myomi Hammond, 42, and Anthony Hammond, 33, all of Mendocino. All three were booked into Butte County Jail on suspicion of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.