The second large-scale marijuana bust in Ceres in less than a week led to the seizure of more than 4,000 pounds of processed pot and five arrests.
Ceres police Officer James Riley was in the 1800 block of El Monte Avenue on Tuesday when he noticed an Acura Integra that fit the description of a car used in a burglary and conducted a traffic stop, according to Sgt. Dennis Perry.
Driven Karandeep Singh, 24, of Turlock, and passenger, Adari Climon, 22, of Hughson had mud and dirt on thier clothes, and Riley could smell marijuana.
Both were on probation so the officer searched the car and found about an ounce of marijuana and evidence of its sale.
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The men were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail for possession of marijuana for sale and the Ceres Street Crimes Unit was notified of the seizure, Perry said. A search warrant for Climon’s home in the 300 block of Tully Road in Hughson was obtained.
Less than three hours later, the Ceres police and Stanislaus County sheriff’s SWAT teams served the warrant, with assistance from the sheriff’s air patrol unit.
Officers located a marijuana garden with thousands of plants in the back yard, Perry said.
There was also 4,000 pounds of processed marijuana with a street value of more than $3 million drying in a nearby barn.
Also seized from the property were several handguns and rifles and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Arrested at the home on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana for sale were Ignacio Ramirez, 32, of Hughson; Javier Sanchez, 51, of Ceres; and Vincent Reyes, 52, of Denair.All three are Mexican nationals; immigration officials were notified of the arrests, Perry said.
Last Friday, 98 pot plants and 520 pounds of processed marijuana with a combined street value of more than $1 million was seized from a farmhouse on East Hatch Road.
Detectives believe the growers in both cases may have connections to Mexican cartels.
Detectives ask anyone with any information about the case to contact Perry at (209) 538-5638 or Stanislaus Area Crime Stoppers at 1-866-60-CRIME. Text tips to “274637” TIP704 in the wording or visit www.modestopolice.com/crimestoppers.
Bee staff writer Erin Tracy can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 578-2366.