There are a lot of people who criticize law enforcement for enforcing laws dealing with the cultivation of marijuana. However, the sheriff’s department would like to take this opportunity to inform you of some inherent dangers, problems, and money loss dealing with illegal marijuana grows.
On February 8, 2018 The Merced County Sheriff’s Office served 4 search warrants in the Delhi and Winton areas. All 4 houses were rental properties in well established residential areas.
When deputies entered the houses, they found the entire residence had been converted into a large-scale marijuana cultivation operation. There was extensive damage to the inside of the residence. Large holes had been cut into walls, electrical outlets had been stripped out and rewired, carpet had been cut up and ripped out, and several areas of drywall had either been removed or covered in mold due to condensation problems.
In other words, the inside of the house had been completely destroyed. Many people ask, why bother with marijuana? Well the victims who suffer financially from illegal marijuana grows on their property would defiantly argue that point. The bad guys don’t tend to clean up their mess or fix all the broken property they leave behind.
The marijuana plant also requires a lot of water and the bad guys tend to steal much-needed water from farmers or obtain it illegally from other residences without their knowledge. Illegal marijuana grows cause a chain reaction of suffering from the victim, neighbors, insurance companies, PG&E, TID, MID and even law enforcement.
The Merced County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Team confiscated 1400 marijuana plants and 2 hand guns during the search warrants. No one has been taken into custody. However, it is still an ongoing investigation and Sheriff Vern Warnke wants to remind everyone that the Merced County Sheriff’s Office will be enforcing the cultivation laws regarding the cultivation laws for marijuana that the county has put in place starting in 2018.
All outdoor marijuana grows are illegal and will be dealt with immediately and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Additionally, you are only allowed to grow six plants indoors.
If you have any questions about the laws regarding cultivation and possession of marijuana, please call the Merced County Sheriff’s Office 209-385-7445.