On June 29, 2015 the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at three adjoining parcels on Potters Ravine Drive, Oroville. During the service of the search warrants, Deputies located two large commercial marijuana growing operations. Although the operations were located on the same parcels of land they were not connected to each other.
One of the operations consisted of four greenhouses and two separate outdoor growing areas. Three of the four greenhouses contained flowering marijuana plants while the fourth housed smaller juvenile marijuana plants. A total of 758 growing marijuana plants were confiscated from the operation. Deputies located and arrested Ruben Aguilera (age 20, Riverside, CA) and Ruben Medina-Garcia (age 20, Riverside, CA). Both were booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. Medina-Garcia was also arrested for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
The second operation consisted of 7 greenhouses and one outdoor growing area. A total of 388 growing marijuana plants were confiscated from the second operation. The marijuana plants at this operation were in both the flowering stage of growth and the vegetative stage of growth. Deputies located and arrested Jeanne Proteau (age 68, from Mendocino), Myomi Hammond (age 42, from Mendocino), and
Anthony Hammond (age 33, from Mendocino) All three were booked into the Butte County Jail on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale.