Illegal Marijuana Cultivation Site Eradicated in Inyo County

(Press Release | Inyo County Sheriff Dept. | Oct.

Illegal Marijuana Cultivation SiteINYO COUNTY, CA, October 29, 2020: On Tuesday, October 27, 2020, at approximately 7:00am, an Inyo County Deputy Sheriff stopped a vehicle on Highway 395 just north of Lake Village Road near Olancha, CA.  The driver identified himself as 33-year old Noel Chavez from Bakersfield, California. During the stop, the Deputy smelled a strong odor of freshly cut marijuana. Chavez was detained for possible out of county felony warrants, cited for driving without a vailed driver’s license and transported to the Jail for booking/identification.

Further investigation and additional evidence obtained via the suspect’s cellular phone revealed an illegal marijuana cultivation site at a residence near Olancha. A search warrant was served at the location. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail (SED) team members made up of the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, Mono County Sheriff’s Department, Bishop Police Department and DEA assisted with the service of the search warrant.

During the search the following items were seized, 261 marijuana plants, 110 pounds of drying marijuana, 320 pounds of shake marijuana used in making honey oil, 9 pounds of processed bud for a total weight of over 700 pounds of marijuana.

The suspect was arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana.

 

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Stoopid
Stoopid
10 months ago

Since when does ICSO need a warrant? They do what they want. Unless this guy has a fat bank account and can afford an attorney, he will be charged. Warrant or no warrant. Inyo DA isn’t going to throw it out. Period.

Tinner
Tinner
10 months ago
Reply to  Stoopid

Hey Stoopid, study the law and your rights, it will make your life much easier. Not your rights as defined by Colin Kaepernick but your rights as defined by the law.
Cops aren’t perfect, some are even corrupt, some just make mistakes and even if you do something stupid or stoopid and THEY break the law investigating you you will be prepared.
But it’s best just to be a good boy or girl and fly straight because there’s nothing like having our freedom.

Tinner
Tinner
10 months ago

Any word on why the vehicle was stopped?

Rick O'Brien
Rick O'Brien
10 months ago

I hope they got a warrant to search his phone , otherwise, fruit of the poisonous tree .

Tinner
Tinner
10 months ago
Reply to  Rick O'Brien

Rick, do they need a warrant to search his phone if they found it in a car full of weed? Asking, I don’t know. I’m pretty sure they don’t need one to search the car if they smell weed. #experience
Charles, you know the answer to this one!