Agents from the Tehama Interagency Drug Enforcement (TIDE) task force arrested two suspects in a commercial marijuana growing operation on Thursday.
After locating two growing sites, agents found Francisco Sanchez-Figueroa, 21, and David Sanchez-Figueroa, 34, both of Michoacan, Mexico. The two suspects were tending to the marijuana gardens and fled on foot when approached by officers.
They were apprehended by a U.S. Forest Service K-9 and were transported to a hospital for medical clearance before being booked at the Tehama County Jail for the cultivation of marijuana, marijuana for sale, conspiracy to commit a crime and resisting, delaying or obstructing a peace officer.
Their bail was set at $48,000 each and additional charges through the U.S. Attorney's Office are being sought against the two suspects.
The grow site the suspects were located in contained 4,926 plants. A second grow site nearby contained 12,808 marijuana plants.
The TIDE task force includes the Tehama County Sheriff's Office Marijuana Eradication Team, the Butte County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Forest Service agents.