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Eight Arrests Made in Marijuana Cultivation Bust

By KRCR Staff
Published On: May 29 2013 02:14:41 PM CDT
COTTONWOOD, Calif. and ONO, Calif. -

Three separate agencies served arrest warrants for four properties in Shasta County to find thousands of marijuana plants and hundreds of pounds of processed marijuana.

The Shasta County Sheriff's Office Marijuana Investigative Team (SMIT), along with the Shasta Interagency Narcotic Task Force (SINTF) and the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife worked together to make eight arrests in conjunction with the illegal cultivation and possession of marijuana, among other crimes.

Agents arrested Jose Suarez-Rosales, 30, of Gerber, on May 13 after finding him in a large indoor cultivation site. Suarez-Rosales fled from agents but was apprehended a short distance later. The sheriff's office said they found a 5,783 plants from two greenhouses and seized 340 lbs. of processed marijuana.

Two days later on May 15, agents searched a property on the 4700-block of Two Feathers Rd. in Cottonwood and found three individuals from Wisconsin.

They were: Brandon James Allen, 28, of Mosinee, Wisc., Daniel Thomas Fries, 28, of Hartland, Wisc. and Craig William Harsough, 27, of Arena, Wisc. Here, agents found 1,136 plants and 400 lbs. of processed marijuana.

The same day agents found 1,519 plants from five greenhouses and 160 lbs. of processed marijuana from another property on Two Feathers Rd. The agents also seized items associated with a butane honey-oil lab and arrested three people: Carl Norman Rau, 33, of Citrus Heights, Johnathan Lewis, 39, of Fortuna and Thomas Smith, 46, of Cottonwood.

On Tuesday, agents found 1,760 plants inside seven greenhouses, one indoor grow house and two outdoor cultivation sites in Ono. They arrested Joshua Tyler Metoyer, 26, of Sonoma, who was on the property.