Calaveras County Sheriff's Office eradicates 10,000 pounds of cannabis in Burson

Two men were arrested in Burson on Monday for illegal production of cannabis, Calaveras County Sheriff Ricki DiBasilo said on Tuesday.

Trinidad Gonzalaz Esparza, 45, of Yakima, Wash., and Jose Guadalupe Hernandez Perez, 28, of Bakersfield, were arrested at 5980 Albert Lane at 10:01 a.m. on Monday and booked into Calaveras County Jail on felony charges of planting marijuana for sale, according to the Sheriff’s Office booking log. The two men were also booked on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and disturbing the peace, according to the booking log.

DiBasilio said the arrests ended “a long process where a local resident contacted me and told me what was going on. I passed it on to our MET (Marijuana Eradication Team) and their investigation found it was an unregulated grow.”

He said that after the two men were arrested, the grow was eradicated, producing nearly 10,000 pounds of raw cannabis. Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Anthony Eberhardt said 155 plants were destroyed.

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