On 9/4/14, Agents with the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Investigative Team, United States Forest Service and California Department of Fish and Wildlife Marijuana Enforcement Team conducted a second operation near North Fork of Digger Creek in south eastern Shasta County regarding illegal marijuana cultivation taking place on United States Forest Service property.
During entry into the large marijuana cultivation site, agents encountered two Hispanic males within the site and were subsequently apprehended. Agents also located evidence of a highly toxic insecticide known as carbofuran, labeled “Methan”. This insecticide is outlawed in the United States due to its highly carcinogenic, teratogenic and mutagenic effects. This type of chemical is commonly used by the cultivators as an insecticide. The cultivators also use this chemical to directly and indirectly poison other wildlife such as bears, rabbits, deer, fishers, martins, and other small mammals.
Over 6,000 marijuana plants were located at the site. From intelligence gathered and evidence found, this marijuana site was found to be connected to a marijuana site, where agents had eradicated 6,769 plants on 8/25/14 and apprehended two Mexican Nationals from.
With the assistance from CAMP personnel during reclamation efforts, approximately 3,000 pounds of trash was removed, which consisted of propane tanks, misc. trash, food supplies and 1,500+ pounds of fertilizer.
Both Tiburcio Olmos and Adalid Rosales-Lopez were subsequently booked into the Shasta County Jail on the listed charges as well as various Fish and Wildlife violations.
– Press Release