Gilroy police seize $100k in marijuana from Laurel Drive home

Alicia Chavez; arrested July 29

At 8:02 p.m. Friday Gilroy Police Department located firearms
and more than 40 mature marijuana plants growing inside a residence
located on the 7700 block of Laurel Drive in Gilroy.
Reports state the plants have an estimated street value of
$100,000.
At 8:02 p.m. Friday Gilroy Police Department located firearms and more than 40 mature marijuana plants growing inside a residence located on the 7700 block of Laurel Drive in Gilroy.

Reports state the plants have an estimated street value of $100,000.

According to a GPD press release, the discovery was made after officials responded to a 911 call regarding an active electrical fire on the same block. With the assistance of PG&E, reports state officials confirmed someone had tampered with electrical power of neighboring homes.

After obtaining a search warrant from a Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge, reports state officers seized more than 40 marijuana plants, firearms, a quarter pound of processed marijuana and marijuana sales paraphernalia.

Three suspects have been named in the investigation, including Veronica Chavez, 39; Alicia Chavez, 60; and Manuel Fonseca; 26. All live in Gilroy.

The three were booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for cultivation of marijuana, sales of marijuana and criminal conspiracy, according to reports.

The GPD press release states “this type of indoor marijuana operation appears to be an increasing trend within the county. Community members should be aware of activity within their neighborhoods, to prevent the fire dangers and potential health hazards associated with indoor marijuana cultivation operations.”

This investigation is continuing and anyone who has information regarding this incident is urged to contact the Corporal Brian Dutton at (408) 846-0350. Parties wishing to remain anonymous may call WeTip at 1-800-782-7463 (1-800-78-Crime).

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