Calaveras Raids Three Illegal Marijuana Grows — And Not for the First Time

Late last month, officials with the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office’s Marijuana Enforcement Unit raided three different sites where marijuana was being illegally grown for distribution. The operation netted more than 3,000 plants.

Here’s the kicker: some of the sites had been raided just a year before.

On Sept. 24, deputies eradicated 934 growing cannabis plants and seized nearly 4 pounds of processed marijuana at a grow site that the Sheriff’s Office had previously raided in 2017 and 2018 the 4000 block of Esmeralda Road in Murphys. Two subjects were contacted as they arrived on scene. Krsnathakur Widmer, 30, of Badger, Calif., was cited for illegal marijuana cultivation and driving with a suspended or revoked license. Dezmond Reynolds, 27, of Phoenix was cited for illegal marijuana cultivation. On Sept. 25, authorities arrested Avery resident Christopher Lee, 22, at an illegal grow site in the 5800 block of Segale Road in Avery on charges of illegal marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to commit crime.

Deputies eradicated 711 growing marijuana plants, seized one firearm and cited Jessica Cyr, 35, of Avery for illegal marijuna cultivation during the raid.

At a parcel located near the 1900 block of Toll Bridge Road in San Andreas, deputies on Sept. 26 eradicated 1,408 growing marijuana plants.

This isn’t the first time the location on Toll Bridge Road was raided either. According to the Calaveras Enterprise, officials eradicated plants from the site in 2018.

After taking in millions of dollars in revenue from marijuana cultivators, Calaveras did a huge about-face and passed a ban on commercial cultivation last year.