ANTELOPE, CA – The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department conducted a large bust of an illegal marijuana grow operation in Antelope on Monday.

The Sheriff’s North area POP team initially began an investigation into these properties, which led to this search warrant execution involving a unified effort from the Sheriff’s Department Central POP team, Rancho Cordova Police Department POP team, Sheriff’s Impact/Narcotics Detectives, Placer County Special Investigations Unit, El Dorado County WNET, the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task force (HIDTA), CalMet, Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team (MAVMIT) investigators and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Detail.

During the execution of the search warrant on 28th Street and Angus Way, Deputies discovered a large scale Marijuana grow of approximately 950 plants and 200 pounds of processed marijuana, worth a street value of approximately 4.5 million dollars. Additionally, evidence of bird fighting was discovered and over 100 birds were removed from the property by Sacramento County Animal Control Officers.

Six people were arrested in connection to the illegal cultivation and sales of Marijuana, with a variation of other charges of including bird fighting, illegal possession of firearm offenses and a Fish and Game code violation relating to disrupting the water flow of creek water and unlawful streambed alteration, a serious water diversion effort, especially during a critical drought.

The Sheriff’s Problem Oriented Policing teams recognize that without the information from the communities regarding ongoing illegal behavior, they would not be able to begin to enforce the laws that discriminate dangers and activities that accompany this type of issue. Ongoing neighborhood issues can be reported by contacting Sacramento Sheriff’s Department dispatch at (916) 874-5115, contacting their local POP Officers or reaching out to each patrol area commander on Nextdoor.

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