Updated: 6,400 Marijuana plants seized in Gilroy

 

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department arrested four people
at about noon Thursday after discovering an indoor illegal
marijuana operation of at least 6,400 plants on the 600 block of
Buena Vista Avenue. Deputies originally set the total at 5,000
plants earlier Friday.
Gilroy

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department arrested four people around noon Thursday after discovering an indoor illegal marijuana operation of at least 6,400 plants on the 600 block of Buena Vista Avenue.

All four suspects were released Thursday on bail of between $10,000 and $20,000 shortly after being arrested.

Sgt. Rick Sung estimated the bust to “a few million dollars.”

He said the official amount is pending because the case is still under investigation and not all of the plants were fully mature and ready for sale.

Deputies originally set the total at 5,000 plants earlier Friday.

Deputies received a report of a possible indoor marijuana operation and went to the vacated business site to investigate. When they arrived, deputies were “able to see marijuana plants from the windows,” Sung said.

“Standing out in the street, you could smell (the marijuana),” Sung said.

Suspects Kelly Schaefer, 48, of San Jose and Patrick Britt, 46, of San Jose each posted $20,000 bail Thursday and were charged with possession to sell, conspiracy, illegal cultivation of marijuana and unlawful transportation of illegal substances.

Two more suspects Misty Santos, 43, of San Jose, and Jeffrey Trueblood, 42, of Campbell, were charged with illegal cultivation and conspiracy. Santos was also charged with possession to sell an illegal substance. Both posted $10,000 bail and were released Thursday.

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