PG&E bill uncovers illegal grow-op

MONTEREY COUNTY — Monterey County sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Saturday after they searched his home and discovered he was allegedly stealing electricity to maintain hundreds of marijuana plants and manufacture butane honey oil, sheriff’s officials said.

At 1:31 p.m., a California Fish and Wildlife officer was investigating the illegal dumping of trash on Cross Country Road in an unincorporated area of Monterey County, when the officer stumbled upon a PG&E bill, according to the sheriff’s office.

The bill directed the officer to a home located at 76375 Hidden Creek Road in San Miguel.

When the officer arrived at the location, the officer made contact with the resident, identified as Douglas King, in the home’s backyard.

As the officer spoke with King, he noticed marijuana plants growing in the backyard. King told the officer he had about 100 marijuana plants, as well as some processed marijuana, but had a medical prescription for it, according to the sheriff’s office.

After further investigation, the officer learned King’s medicinal marijuana card was expired.

The officer also discovered King was a registered sex offender out of San Luis Obispo County, according to the sheriff’s office.

Monterey County sheriff’s deputies obtained a warrant to search King’s house, where they discovered 1,502 marijuana plants, 6.71 pounds of processed marijuana, as well as butane honey oil manufacturing equipment, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputies also discovered King had been stealing electrical utilities from PG&E, according to the sheriff’s office.

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