Harvest time

BCSO conducts six pot busts in 10 days

Marijuana harvest time has arrived for the Butte County Sheriff’s Office. On July 14, the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Unit discovered 300 pounds of processed pot, 19 firearms and $22,482 in cash on Aureole Way in Concow.

Two days later, the unit located 207 marijuana plants in a garden on Gold View Court in Oroville. Liding Chen of Oregon was arrested on charges of cultivation and possession. On July 18, the unit raided a garden off Purple Rock Road in Bangor and eradicated 1,087 plants. No arrests were made.

On July 22, the unit located two gardens on Lower Wyandotte Road in Oroville with 425 plants. Ramiro Sanchez-Pineda of Mexico was arrested on charges of cultivation and possession for sale. The next day, the unit found 2,900 plants in Concow near Dogwood Creek, and 9,012 plants, fertilizer and rat poison were discovered near Feather Falls. No suspects were located in either raid.