More than 2,000 pot plants seized

Deputies from the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Marijuana Eradication Team, along with SWAT and bomb squad personnel, executed a daytime raid on a north Morgan Hill property and seized more than 2,000 illegal pot plants, according to authorities.

The sheriff’s MET served a search warrant at the property on the 500 block of Dougherty Avenue, in unincorporated Morgan Hill, the morning of Oct. 11. Deputies seized about 2,400 marijuana plants, 500 pounds of dry marijuana and 21 firearms during the search, according to Sheriff’s Sgt. Rich Glennon.

Four suspects were arrested, but authorities did not immediately release their names.

The property where the search occurred is located between Live Oak and Miramonte avenues on Dougherty. The area includes a mix of agricultural and low-density residential properties.

Sheriff’s deputies blocked this stretch of Dougherty Avenue to all through traffic during the search of the suspicious property, which lasted several hours.

So far in 2018, the sheriff’s MET has conducted 33 operations in Santa Clara County, Glennon said. These resulted in the seizure of 57,532 marijuana plants, 1,835 pounds of dry marijuana, 868 grams of butane honey oil and 45 firearms. Forty-six individuals have been arrested during these investigations.

Although the recreational use of marijuana has been legal in California since Jan. 1, anyone growing or cultivating the product for commercial use must obtain the correct permits. It is unclear what he four suspects arrested Oct. 11 are being charged with.

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