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Two men arrested in hidden marijuana garden

Published On: Aug 15 2013 08:38:36 PM CDT
Concow Marijuana Bust
CONCOW, Calif. -

Two men are facing facing felonies after being arrested in a secret marijuana gardenĀ  in a very remote area of the Plumas National Forest.

The raid happened at around 6 a.m. at an area known as Little Rock Creek on Thurs., Aug. 15.

The Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit, United States Forest Services, and Butte Interagency Narcotics Taskforce entered the garden quietly to search for suspects.

There, they spotted two men walking along a trail towards an encampment and arrested them.

Deputies continued to search for additional suspects within the garden. While two more suspects were believed to be hidden within the area, neither were found.

Deputies did, however, locate an elevated platform hidden in a group of trees that contained a .22 caliber rifle.

The two suspects arrested, Arturo Duarte-Gutierrez, 48 and Delfino Villegas-Merlo, 47, both from Mexico, were charged for marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, and possession of a firearm while committing a felony.

Both were transported to the Butte County Jail with bail set at $125,000 and immigration holds.

In total, deputies destroyed 7,300 marijuana plants found on the site.