SANTA CLARA COUNTY (KRON) — Authorities conducted a major illegal marijuana grow house bust Wednesday morning in Santa Clara County.
One person has been arrested in connection with nearly 100 marijuana plants found within the Loma Fire area in the Santa Cruz Mountains, a Santa Clara County sheriff’s spokesman said. The person arrested has been identified as Yariv Dorr.
Officials with the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Marijuana Eradication Team served a search warrant at around 8:30 a.m. to a property on Loma Chiquita Road in unincorporated Santa Clara County.
Officers found hundreds of marijuana plants and two greenhouses on the property.
The property is near the Loma Fire that’s been burning in the area for over a week.
One of the greenhouses was partially destroyed by the fire.
Deputies arrested a male suspect who hasn’t been identified in connection with the grow operation that included 89 marijuana plants, many that stood more than 12 feet tall and one that weighed 44 pounds, Sgt. Richard Glennon said.
The blaze started Sept. 26 not far from where the raid took place in the southern section of county. It had burned through 4,474 acres and was 94 percent contained as of Wednesday morning, Cal Fire officials said.
The site is close to where the fire began, but there’s no indication that the grow is related to the cause of the fire, Glennon said.
Deputies have been able to gain more knowledge of the area as firefighters continued to battle the blaze and law enforcement officials conducted evacuations, Glennon said.
The team has conducted five operations near the property so far this year, he said.
Personnel from the county’s Office of Code Enforcement, state Department of Fish and Wildlife and Cal Fire also went to the grow site Wednesday to look into other alleged violations, Glennon said.
Anyone with information on the grow or others in the county has been asked to call the Marijuana Eradication Team at (408) 808-4420.
A dozen homes and 16 outbuildings have been destroyed by the fire, which has also damaged one residence and at one point threatened hundreds of other homes, Cal Fire officials said.
Roughly five firefighters were treated for minor injuries since the blaze began, according to Cal Fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.Evacuations orders were lifted Tuesday morning in Santa Clara County and last week in Santa Cruz County, according to sheriff’s officials.
There were 716 firefighters sent to battle the fire. It is expected to reach full containment by Saturday, according to Cal Fire.
In the coming weeks, crews expect to stay at the scene to mop up, patrol and remove their equipment, Cal Fire officials said.
A local emergency resolution approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors allows the county to seek assistance from neighboring jurisdictions or the state in its restoration efforts from the Loma Fire.
The ratified resolution allows the county to request reimbursement for costs in fighting the fire, County Executive Jeff Smith said at Tuesday’s board meeting in San Jose.
Cal Fire crews are aware of people collecting money to help the fire base camp at Christmas Hill Park in Gilroy, but the agency can’t accept or solicit donations under state law, according to the agency.
Those who would like to donate food or goods to people affected by the fire can send them to The Salvation Army in Gilroy and Santa Cruz or Second Harvest Food Bank in Watsonville.Monetary donations can be made through the American Red Cross at https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation.
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