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Two suspects caught in Butte County marijuana bust, one still on the loose

Published On: Aug 27 2013 07:39:48 PM CDT

Members of the Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit, the U.S. Forest Service and the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force - South, raided an illegal marijuana grow in the Plumas National Forest near Jordan Creek on Tuesday morning.

As they entered the grow, they saw several thousand plants being grown by a suspected drug trafficking organization. During the search, two suspects that were in the camp fled.

A U.S. Forest Service K-9 was able to catch one of the suspects who tried to jump a 20-foot cliff, but got tangled in brush along the cliff wall. A loaded .22 caliber revolver was found near the suspect. He was identified as Adrian Magana-Figueroa, 26, of Sacramento, Calif. Figueroa is a suspected member of the Sureno gang and a Mexican citizen from Michoacan, Mexico.

Law enforcement said they found that three suspects had been living in the marijuana garden and began to search for the two outstanding suspects. A Butte County Sheriff's K-9 found a second suspect and engaged him, but he escaped.

The same U.S. Forest Service K-9 that apprehended Figueroa caught the third suspect, who was identified as Alfredo Uriel Valencia-Mendoza, 30, of Mexico.

The third suspect remains on the loose.

The suspects who were caught were arrested for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and being armed while committing a felony.

Law enforcement searched for the third suspect by air and on the ground but could not relocate him.