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Drug Agents Uncover More Than 7-Thousand Pot Plants Growing By 99

Drug Agents Uncover More Than 7-Thousand Pot Plants Growing By 99

Madera County – Just spitting distance from Highway 99, more than 20 Narcotic agents worked 18 hours in the scorching heat, eradicating marijuana plants found growing in a garden the size of 17 football fields.

The exact location of the garden is not being released due to an ongoing investigation, as well as the days of clean-up that still follow this marathon mission.

The operation started Wednesday – seizing 7,382 fully budded marijuana plants along with 467.4 grams of processed marijuana. 

The owner of the property reportedly leased the prime agricultural land to as many as six South East Asians – all unemployed … and none of whom reside in Madera County.

Teenager Gunned Down While Walking Home

Teenager Gunned Down While Walking Home

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson has released the name of the 17-year old gunned down near Martin Street and Road 27 Tuesday evening. 

Jorge Navarro was walking home from a local market with two other people when a vehicle pulled up alongside the trio. One shot rang out hitting Navarro in the head.

Deputies were notified at around 7:30 Tuesday night.  Detectives are getting conflicting reports as to the make size and color of the vehicle.

The motive for the shooting is under investigation.

Scam Artists Change Their Strategy In Madera County

Scam Artists Change Their Strategy In Madera County

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson is warning the public about a new ruse designed to pry personal information out of Senior Citizens. “They’re no longer just saying they represent a Sweepstakes company, now they’re declaring to be a part of that company’s Senior Citizen Unit.”

“They’re undoubtedly aware of the growing awareness of several scams targeting our senior citizen population,” says Sheriff Anderson. “So why not claim to represent a unit that caters specifically to that target audience?” It’s a sham he says.

In the last three years, Sheriff Anderson has issued as many as 100 fraud alerts. Despite the numerous warnings scam artists are still finding ways to prey on the elderly. “For every warning we issue, they’ve already come up with another creative way to con you.”

Sheriff Anderson says, no legitimate company asks you for personal information.

Scam Artists Return To Madera County

Scam Artists Return To Madera County

Madera County – Sheriff John Anderson is again warning residents about a recent spurt of telephone scams targeting the elderly.  In one case, a mountain resident received over 40 calls in a 2-day period from the same telephone number: 876-587-7904.  Area code 876 is the local telephone area code of Jamaica

Sheriff Anderson says the 876 area code has become notorious with lottery and sweepstake fraud calls announcing lo

20-Thousand Pot Plants Uncovered In Sierra Forest

20-Thousand Pot Plants Uncovered In Sierra Forest

MADERA COUNTY, Calif. (KMPH) -

More than 20,000 marijuana plants were ripped out of the Sierra National Forest, the Madera County Sheriff's Office said.

It took agents from the U.S. Forest Service, California Fish and Wildlife Department and the Madera County SWAT team 12-hours to destroy the marijuana gardens near Peckinpah and Central Camp.

In addition to the marijuana plants, 6,000 pounds of trash, drip line, 1,000 pounds of fertilizer and close to 100 pounds of poison were removed from the areas, the sheriff's department said.

 

 

 

 

 

Marathon Mission Nets Nearly 15-Thousand Pot Plants

Marathon Mission Nets Nearly 15-Thousand Pot Plants

Eastern Madera County – Agents with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (MADNET) completed a marathon mission Wednesday night  – eradicating nearly 15,000 marijuana plants in two separate grow sites situated in the Sierra National Forrest.

Working at an elevation of almost 6,000 feet, it took agents 12 hours to not only haul out thousands of marijuana plants, but reclaim nearly 5 miles of destroyed wilderness.

During the operation, agents removed 4 miles of drip line and over 2,000 pounds of waste.  The first grow site, Upper Chiquito Creek, is the same location where fire crews battled a 40- acre forest fire last month. It has been determined the fire had been set by the growing operation. The surrounding area was badly scorched.

Huge Pot Grow Found In Cattle Country Near Raymond

Huge Pot Grow Found In Cattle Country Near Raymond

MADERA COUNTY -- Sheriff John Anderson Friday announced agents with the Madera County Narcotic Enforcement Team (assisted by Madera County SWAT and Madera County Sheriff’s Deputies) completed a 12-hour long eradication mission in the Bailey Flats region of Madera County late Thursday night.

More than 12-thousand plants were discovered growing on steep terrain located on private land -- used specifically for cattle grazing.

Sheriff Anderson says Madera County is once again seeing a rise of illegal grow sites sprouting up in the foothills as well as the National Forest, impacting natural water sources, wildlife and now livestock.

It is believed that the growers of this operation have ties to a drug trafficking organization based in Mexico. 

Agents not only eradicated plants but, also removed mounds of trash that included bags and drums of deadly chemicals commonly used by these particular growing operations.