Ukiah raid nets five arrests, 800 marijuana plans
Published: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 8:12 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 8:12 a.m.
A marijuana raid outside Ukiah resulted in five arrests and seizure of more than 800 plants, Mendocino County sheriff's officials said Tuesday.
The combined enforcement effort involved sheriff's deputies and detectives, animal control officers, the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force and state Fish and Game wardens.
They went to the Low Gap Road properties on Thursday. At one parcel they found more than 230 large plants and processed marijuana as well as $5,471 in cash, officials said.
Deputies arrested Susan Applebaum, 58, Sidney Sittig, 61, and Max Rapoport, 26, all of Ukiah, and Jonathan Sells, 27, of Hawaii.
At a second property, they found more than 280 plants and arrested Edward Husiar, 55.
A search of nearby fields turned up 335 marijuana plants in five gardens, officials reported. Those plants were eradicated.
Deputies and officers identified more suspects and the investigation remains open.
State fish and game wardens were investigating potentially illegal water diversion to some of the gardens.
The five were arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and cultivating marijuana.
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