Father, two sons and another man believed to have moved the deceased’s body to prevent discovery of a number of illegal grow-ops.
A 33-year-old man thought to have accidentally shot himself while at his father’s illegal cannabis grow in California was found by police hours later and far from where the incident happened.
Contacting the man’s 66-year-old father the next day, detectives located evidence at Carlos Garcia-Hernandez’s Sacramento residence. They obtained a search warrant and gathered evidence that the son had died at an illegal cannabis grow-op in Forbestown, Calif. that was controlled by his father.
Detectives also located evidence that the father, his two children and another man had moved the deceased’s body after his death “to prevent law enforcement from discovering their illegal marijuana grows,” the BCSO reports.
When the police executed a search warrant on the grow-op on Sept. 12, they located the area where they believe the deceased was shot, found a firearm at the scene and discovered more than 600 marijuana plants.
Determining that the father and two sons had additional marijuana grows in Oroville, search warrants for seven parcels of land were carried out on Sept. 13. During the searches, the police found five firearms and 1,400-plus weed plants.
The discovery of both the deceased and the illegal grow-op has resulted in five people being arrested. Carlos Garcia-Hernandez, 66, Juan Garcia-Vargas, 27, Ronald Garcia-Vargas, 28, and Juan Cruzcupido, 33, all have been cited for misdemeanour counts of illegal cultivation of marijuana, possession of cannabis for sale and unlawfully moving and disposing of human remains. Edgar Najera, 50, was arrested for the first two counts.
The BCSO reports the investigation is ongoing and detectives are actively reviewing evidence.
Recreational and medicinal marijuana are legal in California. For the former, adults 21 and older can possess 28.5 grams of weed or eight grams of concentrate, as well as grow as many as six plants in a private residence. Growing outdoors is governed by local ordinances and licences are required.
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