What was originally a call to police about a stolen tractor Monday led to a major marijuana bust out of Siskiyou County, per the sheriff's office.
Officials said that on Feb. 28, a woman reported her tractor as stolen, saying she had posted it for sale on Facebook Marketplace and it went missing shortly after.
The stolen tractor led deputies to an address in the Hammond Ranch area. According to the sheriff's office that is where they found, after a search warrant, 412 pounds of processed marijuana with a street value of $290,000.
SCSO said that they contacted two men on the property who were wanted felons: 33-year-old Jared Michael Bach from Weed and 43-year-old Jacob Eugene Taylor from Redding. They said that because they are convicted felons, they are prohibited from possessing the firearms and ammunition also found on the property.
According to past records, Taylor was arrested once before, charged with looting within the Carr Fire evacuation area.
Officials said both were booked into Siskiyou County Jail on several charges. Bach was booked for felony vehicle theft, felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of a firearm, felony possession of ammunition, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and several felony warrants. Taylor was booked for felony vehicle theft, felony possession of stolen property, felony possession of a firearm, felony possession of ammunition, as well as being in violation of his parole status.