This following is a press release from the Clearlake Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On July 20, 2021, Clearlake Police officers served a search warrant at a residence in the 2800 block of Pamela Lane. After the service of the warrant, approximately 921 marijuana plants in four separate “hoop houses” were seized. No one was located at the residence at the time of the search warrant service, however. Investigators have identified a potential suspect and the investigation is ongoing.
It should be noted that complaints were received about this property from citizens and Code Enforcement was alerted. One of the major concerns of the citizens was the amount of water being used to irrigate the marijuana as the main source of water in the area supplied by ground wells. Based on the size of the grow it was determined that the operation was possibly a large scale illegal commercial growing operation, and the investigation was turned over to Detectives with the Investigations Bureau.
Based on the investigation, detectives believe this marijuana grow was a large scale illegal commercial growing operations and there no signs that person(s) lived on the property. It was discovered that the subjects were stealing power from the utility company. The stolen power was used to power numerous pumps, lights and fans inside the growing operation. There were unprotected power lines and outlets with large amounts of brush around the grow which was an additional fire hazard. The power was disconnected from the property.
There were additional signs that the property had been used for marijuana production for several months prior to the execution of the warrant. There were no indications that this marijuana grow was for medical purposes.
Anyone with information regarding this marijuana grow is encouraged to call Detective Flores at 707-994-8251 ext. 315