Butte County law enforcement arrested two Sacramento men after finding a marijuana grow in Oroville. The men, who were armed with illegal weapons, were attempting to use Proposition 215 to grow 74 marijuana plants.
In early September, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office received an anonymous tip regarding a suspicious marijuana garden with armed suspects in the Elams Ranch Road area of Oroville.
In the early morning hours on Friday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit along with the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team served a search warrant in the 200-block of Elams Ranch Road.
SWAT personnel found two suspects who were inside two separate tents and detained them. After a search of the entire area, a loaded .45 caliber handgun was found inside the tent where Reynaldo Magana-Espinosa, 55, of Sacramento, was found.
A .22 caliber rifle along with an ammo can containing 7.62 mm ammunition were also found hidden under a dilapidated structure nearby.
An AK-47 semi-automatic rifle was found loaded with a round in the chamber and affixed high-capacity magazine, lying next to the bed in the tent where Reynaldo Magana-Castrejon, 20, of Sacramento, was located.
The marijuana garden contained 74 mature marijuana plants along with a kitchen area and a third unoccupied tent.
Two medical marijuana recommendations were found during the search and based on the investigation, law enforcement determined that the plants were meant for sale or distribution. According to the authorities, it appears that the marijuana grow was using the guise of California’s Proposition 215 to facilitate the cultivation of marijuana.
Based on the evidence collected, Magana-Espinosa was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and armed in the commission of a felony. His bail was set at $115,000.
Magana-Castrejon was arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, armed in the commission of a felony and possession of an assault weapon. His bail was set at $130,000.