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17 arrested in multi-force drug bust in Lake County

Federal, state and local police served seven search warrants over two days in Lake County this week, resulting in 17 arrests, the seizure of more than 1,500 marijuana plants and the discovery of two hash conversion labs and an underground marijuana growing facility.

On Tuesday, the Jerusalem Valley task force discovered 467 pot plants and a honey oil/hash lab, said Lake County Sheriff's Sgt. Steve Brooks. That method of converting marijuana into hash is extremely dangerous because of the risk of explosion.

Seven suspects were caught trying to flee, he said, while three others were arrested in a tent after a police dog was sent in after them.

Detectives also located two guns and a small amount of methamphetamine.

On Wednesday, the Upper Lake portion of the operation led to the discovery of 1,110 marijuana plants in an underground marijuana growing facility and a hash conversion lab, Brooks said.

Officers also seized a gun, bulldozer, tractor, utility vehicle, dump bed trailer, commercial-grade electric generator and $2,500.

, 41, both of Clearlake; Rolando Molina Lona, 43, of Napa; and Derick Berrelleza Jimenez, 27, of Oakland.


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