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Merced County deputies remove 210 marijuana plants, 120 roosters from house

Deputies say they found a large barn filled with 210 indoor marijuana plants. Additionally, the backyard of the house had 120 roosters which were believed to be used in illegal cockfights. (Courtesy: Merced County Sheriff's Office)

The Merced County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team took down an illegal marijuana grow and removed 120 roosters believed to be used in illegal fights from a house.

It happened Wednesday around 8:00 a.m. in the 7700 block of Sycamore Street in Delhi.

When deputies arrived at the house, no one was home.

Deputies say they found a large barn filled with 210 indoor marijuana plants. Additionally, the backyard of the house had 120 roosters which were believed to be used in illegal cockfights.

Sergeant Ray Framstad with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office said the search warrant on the residence was served after weeks of investigation and surveillance on the property.

Sergeant Framstad added that this was the third search warrant served to the residence within a three year period and a broken door from the last search warrant was still laying in the yard.

Sergeant Framstad says that an indoor marijuana grow of this size could make 1,260 ounces of high quality marijuana every 60 days which would make 472 pounds every year.

Sheriff Vern Warnke wants to remind everyone that the Merced County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the cultivation laws regarding marijuana that the county has put in place starting in 2018. Allen outdoor marijuana grows are illegal and will be dealt with immediately and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Sheriff Vern Warnke says you are only allowed to grow six plants indoors.

If you have questions about the laws regarding cultivation and possession of marijuana, please call the Merced County Sheriff’s Office 209-385-7445.

The new County Cannabis Ordinance details are as follows:

Personal Cultivation Restrictions reasonably regulated (Ord. 9.29.060):

  • Personal use cannabis plants limited from twelve (12) to six (6)
  • Cultivation can occur in either 1) within a single private residence; or 2) inside a fully enclosed and secure structure located upon the grounds of a private residence. Outdoor cultivation of any type, on any parcel is prohibited.
  • Cultivation must comply with Building and Construction Code, Title 16.
  • Cultivation cannot be conducted in a manner that constitutes a public nuisance

Enforcement – penalty/consequences for noncompliance unchanged from previous Medical Marijuana Cultivation ordinance

  • Administrative Penalties for unlawful cannabis cultivation(Ordinance 9.29.083)
  • All violations deemed a misdemeanor; Sheriff has the ability to abate unlawful cannabis cultivation (Ord. 9.29.200)



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