YREKA, Calif. — Siskiyou County authorities arrested four people and seized a drug lab and firearms, while serving search warrants on multiple locations.
The search warrant seizures in the Mount Shasta and Mt. Shasta Vista areas, were executed by the Siskiyou Interagency Marijuana Investigation Team, on Friday.
SIMIT is a combined team consisting of the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office and Siskiyou County District Attorney detectives.
On the 200 block of Cricket Road in Mt. Shasta, the team seized a concentrated cannabis lab, including what the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office called "sophisticated commercial THC Extraction lab equipment," estimated to be worth more than $400,000. They also seized more than 19 pounds of marijuana in various forms, as well as 449 ounces of concentrated cannabis and 116 electronic cigarette cartridges. Three people, whose names have not been released, were arrested at the scene for allegedly manufacturing a controlled substance, a felony violation of the Health and Safety Code, according to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office.
At two parcels in Mt. Shasta Vista's Juniper Terrace area, the search warrants led to the arrest of another unnamed suspect. Four separate illegal marijuana cultivation sites were located, and 337 marijuana plants were seized. Authorities also seized loaded firearms, a rifle and handgun at one of the sites. Siskiyou County Planning Department code enforcement officers detected various code violations and nuisance abatement processes were initiated.
"Siskiyou County does not allow any outdoor cultivation of marijuana in county areas and all marijuana consumers are limited to 12 plants in an approved indoor structure, pursuant to law," Sheriff Jon Lopey said. "The concentrated cannabis production operation was a major one and the equipment seized indicates a large-scale illicit drug operation was terminated, making our children, families, and communities safer.”
In a press release, Lopey said Siskiyou County has received additional support from federal and state authorities for this marijuana enforcement season.