Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff's Marijuana Investigative Team and the Department of Fish and Wildlife suspect seven men from Mexico, Washington, New Jersey and Texas of participating in a marijuana operation in the Trinity Alps Preserve area of Western Shasta County.
Agents conducted an operation at a rural piece of property off Fiddlers Rd. and found four marijuana cultivation sites.
During entry into the area, four men fled on foot from two remote marijuana processing areas. Two men, Saul Rodriguez, 19, of Carollton, Tex., and Jorge Valladares, 38, of Mexico, were apprehended after a foot pursuit. They were later booked into the Shasta County Jail.
Nearly 300 marijuana plants were eradicated and later destroyed. Agents also seized 290.5 pounds of processed marijuana found in two processing areas.
While conducting a follow-up in the area later that night, agents subsequently arrested Enrique Rodriguez, of Sunnyside, Wash., and Jesus Valladares, 24, of Mexico, after contacting them leaving the area in a vehicle.
Both were identified as the two males that fled from Agents and avoided apprehension earlier in the day. Both were booked in the Shasta County Jail.
Three subjects were contacted by Fish and Wildlife agents on Sept. 25. Miguel Diaz, 25, of New Egypt, N.J. was found carrying a handgun during this time and a .22 caliber rifle was found in a campsite.
Based on evidence and the investigation, they were determined to be involved with the operation. A case will be submitted to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office.