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Big Laytonville pot bust snares seven

Seven people have been arrested in connection with a large-scale marijuana growing operation in Laytonville, law enforcement officials reported Thursday. Four are Santa Rosa residents.

More than 4,000 marijuana plants growing in storage containers and greenhouses in Laytonville were seized by officers from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, the county's major crimes task force and the Bureau of Land Management.

Three firearms and about $8,000 in cash also were found, sheriff's officials said.

The operation led to a house on Temple Avenue in Santa Rosa where officers found another 64 marijuana plants, 2 ounces of methamphetamine, a handgun and about $3,600 in cash, sheriff's officials said.

Arrested were Victor Sanchez Padilla, 24, of Santa Rosa; Febronio Sanchez-Perez, 28, of Santa Rosa; Jose Javalera-Navarrette, 32, of Santa Rosa; Rafael Moreno, 58, of Santa Rosa; Victor Manuel Siqueiros, 36, a transient with an unknown hometown; Jose Ramirez-Lopez, 32, of Willits; and Efren Guzman, 34, of Rodeo.

Padilla and Javalera-Navarrette were on the property when officers arrived. Moreno, Siqueiros and Ramirez-Lopez drove onto the property while the search was in progress. Guzman and Sanchez-Perez were located nearby in a vehicle that was having mechanical problems. Inside the vehicle were 312 pot plants in growing trays, officials said.

— Glenda Anderson


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