Major drug bust in Morgan Hill

MORGAN HILL (BCN) — About 100 marijuana plants were recovered and a man was arrested Wednesday morning west of Morgan Hill in a remote area where two wildfires took place in the past 15 years, a Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman said.

Around 7 a.m., sheriff’s deputies served search warrants at two properties on Croy Road near Uvas Creek as part of an investigation into marijuana grows, sheriff’s Sgt. James Jensen said.

A total of 40 people from the sheriff’s office, state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the county’s Planning Department, Fire Department and Code Enforcement Division were at the site, he said.

Authorities also seized processed marijuana and found a hash oil conversion lab, where butane used for extraction from the plants poses a fire hazard, county officials said.

One man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana but his name was not released today, Jensen said.

Jensen said the site of the grow is in the same area where the Summit Fire in 2008 burned 4,270 acres between Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, according to Cal Fire.

It’s also in the same area where the Croy Fire burned more than 3,000 acres and burned dozens of homes in 2002, according to Cal Fire.

There is a high risk of a fire in the area due to past wildfires and California being in its fourth year of drought, Jensen said.

Today’s raid was part of many planned crackdowns of marijuana in remote areas in the southern portion of the county and east of Mount Hamilton.

“Our enforcement actions will help protect our community from wildfires, halt damage to our natural resources, and let others know that they should abandon their efforts to illegally cultivate in Santa Clara County,” Supervisor Dave Cortese said in a statement.

Anonymous tips about illegal marijuana grow sites can be made by calling the sheriff’s office’s Marijuana Eradication Team at (408) 808-4420.

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