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Treehouse overlooked large El Dorado Hills area marijuana grow

About 200 marijuana plants were found
About 200 marijuana plants were found El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

Two men were arrested for operating a large marijuana garden in the El Dorado Hills area that deputies said was being guarded from the vantage of a treehouse.

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were called to a property in the 1400 block of Malcolm Dixon Road, which is near Salmon Falls and Green Valley roads. Neighbors complained on Oct. 21 of unsightly tarps and a strong smell coming from the property.

Two days later, detectives with a search warrant were met at the property by Jeffrey Johansen, 52, who they said was armed with a shotgun. He was guarding a marijuana garden of 200 mature marijuana plants from atop a treehouse, according to a Sheriff’s Office press release.

In addition to the plants, which were 3-to-8-feet tall, deputies found three firearms, about 30 pounds of processed marijuana and evidence of a butane honey oil lab. Honey oil, also called hash oil, is made from marijuana.

Power to the property bypassed the main electrical panel, according to the press release. Detectives said they found evidence of marijuana being sold to legal dispensaries.

Detectives arrested Johansen on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, marijuana sales, making dangerous drugs, theft of electricity and possession of a loaded firearm in the commission of a felony. He has been released from jail.

Jeffrey Johansen II, 20, was arrested on the same charges, according to the press release. He was released from custody, pending a criminal complaint.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews