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Prolific marijuana cultivation found in backyard of Turlock home
Turlock pot bust
Investigators found 130 marijuana plants, weighing over 300 pounds, growing in the backyard of a Turlock home.

A search warrant served at a Turlock neighborhood led to the discovery of a large-scale marijuana growing operation and the arrest of three people.

The search warrant was the culmination of an investigation into suspected marijuana cultivation at a home in the 500 block of Grant Avenue. The Turlock Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit and SWAT Team served the warrant around 7 a.m. Wednesday.

John Montgomery
John Montgomery

At the residence investigators found 130 marijuana plants, weighing over 300 pounds, growing in the backyard. In addition to the plants, a small amount of methamphetamine was seized.

Pablo Cruz-Chavez
Pablo Cruz-Chavez

As a result of the search warrant, three subjects were arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Jail. Pablo Cruz-Chavez, 34, of Turlock, was arrested for cultivation of marijuana and providing false information to a police officer at the scene. John Montgomery, 55, of Turlock, was arrested for cultivation of marijuana and two outstanding warrants. Johnathan Montgomery, 29, of Turlock, was arrested for child endangerment, two outstanding warrants and possession of narcotics in jail.

“This is yet another example of the proactive work that the Special Investigations Unit conducts to make for a safer Turlock community,” said Turlock Police Chief Ninus Amirfar. “While certain marijuana laws have changed, the fact remains that large-scale marijuana cultivation in the City of Turlock remains illegal and will not be tolerated. History has shown that neighborhood marijuana grows often lead to increased crime in the area, including robberies and shootings. Removing these illegal marijuana grows helps keep neighborhoods safer for everyone.”

Johnathan Montgomery
Johnathan Montgomery

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Detective Tony Argueta at 668-5550 ext. 6738. You can also contact the Turlock Police Department’s Tip Line at 668-5550 ext. 6780 or email at tpdtipline@turlock.ca.us.