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Marijuana operation found in Livingston

Marijuana operation found in Livingston

Yadira Virrueta-Hernandez

POSTED November 20, 2009 6:44 p.m.
Acting on a tip, the Merced County Sheriff’s Department found a marijuana growing operation in a residence just outside of Livingston.
A search of the residence on Nov. 13 turned up 150 marijuana plants, handguns, and cocaine, said sheriff’s spokesman Deputy Tom MacKenzie.
The sheriff’s department had received information that marijuana was being grown in the backyard of a residence in the 15000 block of Vinewood Avenue.
Deputies went to the house and spoke with resident Yadira Virrueta-Hernandez, 30. She denied having any knowledge of marijuana growing in her backyard and allowed the deputies to search the residence, MacKenzie said.
From a view in the laundry room, deputy Mark Taylor could see multiple marijuana plants about four inches high growing in the backyard. All total, there were 150 marijuana plants growing behind the residence, MacKenzie said.
Using K9 officer “Rio,” the deputies found several containers with about nine pounds of trimmed marijuana tucked inside. They also found three handguns, a small bindle of cocaine on the floor of the dining room, and a half ounce of rock cocaine in a backpack on the floor of the dining room, MacKenzie said.
Virrueta-Hernandez, who is eight months pregnant, also had her 4-year old son at the home. The child went to Child Protective Services.
According to the sheriff’s department, Virrueta-Hernandez eventually said she knew about the drugs but blamed them on another resident of the house.  She went to jail for cultivation of marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana, possession of cocaine and child endangerment.

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