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Santa Rosa police arrested a dozen people and seized more than $280,000 and 39 pounds of processed marijuana that authorities said was produced in Sonoma County but aimed for New York and Boston.

The investigation uncovered at least three pot growing and sales operations in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa that were part of a large distribution network throughout California and the East Coast, Sgt. Mike Tosti said.

Detectives were searching for more people associated with the drug ring, said Tosti, who runs the department's narcotics unit.

During two traffic stops March 21, detectives found $150,000 in numerous bundles "wrapped in a paper material commonly used to avoid law enforcement detection" in one car and $25,000 and seven pounds of pot in another vehicle, Tosti said in a statement.

Detectives arrested Mohammed Jaber, 28, of Staten Island, N.Y.; Lisa Tam, 31, of Waltham, Mass.; Adam Thomas, 27, of Santa Rosa; and Ian Stalberg, 31, of Sebastopol, he said.

Agents also searched a Sebastopol motel room where Jaber and Tam had been staying and found several thousand dollars, one pound of pot and arrested Sterling Ramsey, 35, of Willits, Tosti said.

Last Thursday, detectives found an indoor pot garden related to the group at a Gravenstein Highway property as well as 15 pounds of pot and evidence the drugs were aimed for the East Coast, Tosti said.

There they arrested Edward Wight, 43, and Collette Wight, 40, both of Santa Rosa.

Several people tried to flee a Louis Krohn Drive home in west Santa Rosa when agents arrived Thursday to search the property suspected of being connected to the drug ring.

They included Louis Frankel, 35, Molley Robey, 21, Ashley Williams, 26, all of Santa Rosa; Isiah Dawid, 24 of Scotts Valley; and Randall Vance, 27, of San Francisco, Tosti said. Dawid and Vance were found with $90,000, he said.

Agents found about $15,000, 13 pounds of pot and an indoor pot cultivation project, he said.

Three people arrested in connection with the case remained in custody in the Sonoma County Jail:

--Ramsey was being held without bail on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, conspiracy to distribute and probation violations.

--Thomas was being held on $200,000 bail on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale and street terrorism.

--Dawid was being held on $200,000 bail on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, possession of more than $100,000 linked to drug sales and conspiracy to distribute.

Eight others arrested were not in custody Monday:

--Jaber was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to distribute, possession of marijuana for sale, having more than $100,000 for drug sales.

--Tam was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to distribute.

--Edward Wight was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, marijuana cultivation, conspiracy to distribute and methamphetamine possession.

--Collette Wight was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, marijuana cultivation, conspiracy to distribute and violating probation.

--Frankel was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale, cultivation, conspiracy to distribute and resisting arrest.

--Williams was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale, cultivation and conspiracy to distribute.

--Robey was arrested on suspicion of transportation of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to distribute.

--Vance was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, having more than $100,000 used for drug sales and conspiracy to distribute.

Anyone with information about the case can call Detective Vaughn Andrews at 543-4076.

You can reach Staff Writer Julie Johnson at 521-5220 or julie.johnson@pressdemocrat.com.

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