A marijuana cultivation operation has been discovered by authorities in Ventura County’s backcountry, leading to one arrest, and the seizure of more than 800 marijuana plants.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Air Unit, working with narcotics detectives first spotted the plants in the Rose Valley area, north of Ojai in July. On August 12th, a second flight was made over the area, to help plan a raid. At that time, it was discovered about 75% of the plants had been harvested.
Some investigators were dropped into the area, and they saw two men trying to flee the scene. One man got away, but a second man, Josue Cardenas of Kerman, was caught, and booked for cultivation of marijuana, and resisting arrest. 847 plants were destroyed, and 12 pounds of processed marijuana was seized.