Marijuana growing operations in Tracy, Patterson and Oakdale were busted by area law enforcement departments in the past two days.
About 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Patterson police served a search warrant on a residence in the 200 block of Paramatta Drive. They found 33 marijuana plants inside the home and 30 more that had been harvested recently. Police arrested Ronald Hunter Sr., 58, of Patterson on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana.
While serving that search warrant, officers learned of a second marijuana operation in the 600 block of Westfield Lane in Patterson. They obtained another search warrant and found 40 pounds of dried marijuana and approximately 7.5 grams of marijuana brownies at that residence.
Police arrested Patterson residents Chad McGarry, 35, and Kristina McGarry, 33, on marijuana charges.
Wednesday, investigators with the San Joaquin County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force responded to a residence in the 11700 block of West Larch Road in Tracy after receiving a tip about a marijuana operation there. Inside they seized 205 marijuana plants and about 80 pounds of processed marijuana with a street value of $300,000.
Arrested and booked on various marijuana charges were Gabriel Ochoa Valdavinos, 30; Jose Ochoa Valdavinos, 31; Antonio Diaz, 22; Jose Magallon, 35; Juan Ochoa, 25; Miguel Ochoa, 27; Jaime Alvarez-Magallon, 24; Zeferino Valencia, 49; and Alfredo Zavala, 48.
Also Wednesday, Oakdale police officers discovered a small marijuana growing operation after responding to a report of shots fired in the 2000 block of East F Street. Officers found two men in a room off a garage on the property. They served a search warrant and found 24 growing marijuana plants and five more drying in another room. Three firearms were found in the room and one inside the main house.
Arrested were Delbert Leon Montgomery, 34, and Brian Lawrence Eldridge, 29.