The following is a press release issued by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On February 8th, 2022 The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Roadmap Task force and the Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Unit, conducted an investigation regarding water theft in the area of Henderson Dr. in Clearlake Oaks.
During their investigation, Detectives located three residences used to dry and process marijuana. The investigation revealed all three residences were being used to illegally process marijuana for sales and were connected with the reported theft of water. The residences were secured by detectives and a search warrant for all three residences was obtained and executed in the late afternoon of February 8th.
Detectives located and seized a 12gauge shotgun, two thousand three hundred twenty six (2,326) marijuana plants and approximately seven thousand six hundred pounds (7,600lbs) of processed marijuana, a large majority of which was packaged and ready for sale. The marijuana is estimated to have an approximate value of seven million dollars.
Detectives contacted and detained Salvador Diaz Maciel, 52, at one of the residences. Maciel was subsequently arrested and initially booked at the Lake County Correctional Facility for illegal cultivation and processing of marijuana.
The seizure of seven thousand six hundred pounds is the single largest seizure of processed marijuana by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office, to date.
Sheriff Martin said, “while licensed cannabis growers struggle to remain compliant with the regulations required of this industry, and further struggle to remain financially viable while dealing with the associated costs, such as fees, permits, and taxes, there continues to be a black market for this product. Operations such as this one pump large amounts of unregulated and untaxed cannabis into the market. They avoid the costs that legitimate growers have to encumber by stealing water, avoiding taxes, and not complying with any regulations. These operations adversely impact the legal industry, have negative impacts on the environment, and are frequently the cause of other criminal activity. We will continue our efforts against large scale illegal operations such as this one.”
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Lake County Roadmap Task Force or Lake County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Enforcement Unit at 707-262-4200.