Nine arrested at alleged pot house
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
Sep 26, 2012 | 7642 views | 5 5 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nine people were arrested Wednesday, Sept. 26,

when narcotics officers from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department raided a reported marijuana growing operation on the 11700 block of West Larch Road.

Working off a tip, officers of the Metro Narcotics Task Force found 205 mature marijuana plants in a fenced area behind a Larch Road house, according to sheriff’s Lt. Todd Wright.

He said officers went in at about 11 a.m. and found that the alleged growing area was disguised as a cornfield, with cornstalks around the perimeter of the field.

Also uncovered at the house, Wright said, were a setup that would allegedly allow drying of harvested marijuana and about 80 pounds of processed pot.

According to a media release from sheriff’s spokesman Les Garcia, several suspects tried to flee the scene on foot. It was not clear whether all nine people were arrested at the scene.

The people arrested in connection to the raid were Gabriel Ochoa Valdavinos, 30; Jose Ochoa Valdavinos, 31; Antonio Diaz, 22; Jose Magallon, 35; Juan Ochoa, 25; Miguel Ochoa, 27; Jaime Alvarez-Magallon, 24; Zeferino Valencia, 49; and Alfredo Zavala, 48.

They were charged with planting and cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to commit a crime.

All except Valencia and Zavala were also charged with resisting arrest, according to Garcia.

According to the sheriff’s website, still in custody in the San Joaquin County Jail on Thursday were Alvarez, Diaz, Magallon, Gabriel Ochoa Valdovinos and Jose Valdovinos. All of them were being held without bail, except for Jose Valdovinos, who was listed with $132,000 bail.

All defendants are scheduled for arraignment in San Joaquin County Superior Court in Stockton at 1:30 p.m. in Department 35 on Friday, Sept. 28.

Wright said the investigation is ongoing. He did not disclose the nature of the tip that alerted law enforcement to the alleged grow house.

Sheriff’s officials did not confirm whether the address where the marijuana was reportedly discovered growing was the same place three people were shot during a Sweet 16 birthday party on Sept. 8, but that house was also on the 11700 block of West Larch Road, and a fenced-in cornfield was visible behind the main residence.

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September 27, 2012
Geez... not one pathetic loser but a WHOLE family of pathetic losers...
September 27, 2012
An appeal to all Prohibitionists:

Most of us know that individuals who use illegal drugs are going to get high—no matter what, so why do you not prefer they acquire them in stores that check IDs and pay taxes? Gifting the market in narcotics to ruthless criminals, foreign terrorists, and corrupt law enforcement officials is seriously compromising our future.

Why do you wish to continue with a policy that has proven itself to be a poison in the veins of our once so "proud & free" nation? Even if you cannot bear the thought of people using drugs, there is absolutely nothing you, or any government, can do to stop them. We have spent 40 years and trillions of dollars on this dangerous farce; Prohibition will not suddenly and miraculously start showing different results. Do you actually believe you may personally have something to lose If we were to begin basing our drug policy on science & logic instead of ignorance, hate and lies?

September 27, 2012
I am against the legalization of marijuana, but I would hardly call myself a "prohibitionist."

Malcolmkyle, what are you rambling about? Is the legalization of every human vice the answer to all our problems? Does it make for a more sane society?

Might we ask ourselves why so many people are drawn to sedation? No one is necessarily fated to be a "ruthless" drug dealer, in spite of many drugs being illegal. Even if marijuana were legalized, why would you want to be a drug dealer when you could be a scientist or a doctor.

The height of human achievement is sobriety, not sedation.
September 27, 2012
Both comments have some valid points: I've often wondered (though) when a "drug" like (for example) alcohol,cigarettes, even soda) becomes legal? It's various process are controlled through powerful corporations who manufacture, distribute, and trademark patient names taking independent operators out of the consumer market - unless you can afford to pay very expensive operating permits/sales licenses and compete against giant special intere3st lobbyists and their slew of legal companies. More laws come into affect and the government will get it's tax base. Because of all it's amendments California still defeated prop 19 and is likely to do so again. It's very complicated.
September 27, 2012
While our young people are "getting high" professionals go to the high schools to talk to them about one profession, or another.

Some of them are interested in their future and will be successful.

Some of them are simply being "outsourced" and are too stoned to know any better.

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