Rohnert Park police seized nearly 1,500 marijuana plants, more than 60 pounds of processed marijuana buds and $9,000 in cash from what they said was a growing and trafficking operation in Petaluma and Monte Rio.

Police said they found evidence of a possible drug operation during a traffic stop on Highway 101 just after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Daren Van Dyke, 34, was arrested later that day after police searched his home on Chapman Lane west of Petaluma and found "a large marijuana growing operation," police said.

That search, police said, led to a second location in Monte Rio, where a search warrant was served on Wednesday. Police arrested Ismael Figueroa Chavez, 34, of Larkfield, who they said was in the process of burying marijuana plants.

Van Dyke was arrested on suspicion of cultivating and possessing marijuana for sale and was booked into the Sonoma County jail. Chavez was arrested on suspicion of the cultivation and possession of marijuana and destroying evidence.

Life Expectancy By Geography, 2013-2015

Healdsburg: 84.9 years

Sebastopol-west county: 83.3 years

Windsor: 83.1 years

Sonoma Valley: 82.2 years

Petaluma: 81.8 years

Santa Rosa: 80.9 years

Cloverdale-Geyserville: 80.5 years

Rohnert Park: 80.2 years

Russian River area: 78.3 years

Source: California Department of Public Health


Top 10 Causes Of Death, 2013-2015

Cancer 23.8%

Heart disease 22.1%

Alzheimer’s disease 7.2%

Stroke 5.6%

Chronic lower respiratory diseases 5.3%

Unintentional injury 4.4%

Diabetes 2.9%

Chronic liver disease 1.8%

Suicide 1.7%

Influenza and pneumonia 1.6%

Source: California Department of Public Health


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