More pot pulled

Marijuana garden in Berry Creek uprooted

The Butte County Sheriff’s Office uprooted more marijuana growing in the foothills Aug. 5, when its Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant on Bell Ranch Road in Berry Creek, just above Lake Oroville.

Deputies detained Maqlayvanh Malay, 40, of Sacramento, who was allegedly cultivating marijuana in one of 11 pot plots found on the property. A short time later, deputies located and detained Sommai Louanglath, 42, of Sacramento, and Khamfanh Khamphouphet, 40, of Wisconsin, both of whom were allegedly cultivating marijuana in one of the other plots.

A search of a mobile home at the site led to the discovery of $6,620 in cash. All told, 305 plants were yanked from the plots. A sheriff’s office press release said “the marijuana was being grown under the guise of Proposition 215,” the medical-marijuana law passed in 1996.