Neighborhood complaints over a skunk smell and increased traffic led the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department to a marijuana growing operation inside a Hughson home.
Sheriff’s deputies seized marijuana, weapons, and cash and made two arrests following the Tuesday morning raid.
The sheriff’s department was first tipped to the residence in the 2200 block of I Street because of neighbors complaining about a distinctive smell and increased traffic coming and going from the residence.
During the search, deputies seized 49 mature marijuana plants, processed and dried marijuana, and concentrated cannabis. The marijuana plants and dried product were located in the rear of the residence, where a tall wall had been built around it in an effort to conceal it, according to the sheriff’s department. Four weapons were also recovered, including an SKS assault rifle.
The marijuana had an estimated street value of $200,000, the sheriff’s department reported.
Ignacio Oseguera, 72, of Hughson, and Elizabeth Verver-Valdovinos, 65, of Hughson, were at the residence during the search warrant. Oseguera and Verver-Valdovinos have a teenage daughter that was not at the residence during the search warrant.
Over $8,000 in cash was found in the possession of suspect Oseguera at the time of his arrest.
Oseguera and Verver-Valdovinos were arrested for cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of concentrated cannabis, and child endangerment. CPS was contacted to assist in placing the teen age daughter with family members.
The case is still an active and ongoing investigation by the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency.