Drugs seized, children taken from west Modesto home

10/11/2013 5:49 PM

10/11/2013 11:02 PM

A call to Child Protective Services regarding the welfare of two toddlers led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation in west Modesto on Thursday night.

Modesto police went to the home in the 400 block of Bootjack Way about 8 p.m., said Sgt. Rick Applegate.

Officers found 216 immature marijuana plants growing in one room in the house.

Another room, adjacent to the bedroom of two 4-year-old children, was used to hang drying plants that had been harvested.

Those plants presumably came from a walled-off area in the garage. The room did not contain marijuana but Applegate said there was evidence it had been used for growing.

Applegate did not know how many pounds of dried marijuana was seized, but said 10 pounds was kept as a “sample” for evidence, while the rest was destroyed.

About 30 empty bottles of butane were found in the apartment, evidence that hash oil was being extracted from the dried marijuana trimmings.

“We know this is extremely dangerous based on the other two cases involving fires,” Applegate said.

During one week last month two fires started in Modesto when butane used to make hash oil ignited. One suspect was burned so badly he had to be taken to the hospital.

Rotten food was found in the kitchen of the Bootjack home and there was no fresh food in the refrigerator, Applegate said.

Stephanie Lynn Kendrick, 27, and Erik Anthony Reid, 34, were arrested on suspicion of manufacturing hash oil, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and child endangerment.

Child Protective Services took custody of the children, Applegate said. He would not say what relation the children were to the two people arrested.

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