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Rohnert Park Drug Bust Nets 6.5 Pounds Of Meth, 2 Pounds Heroin

SONOMA COUNTY (CBS SF) — A Santa Rosa man suspected of narcotics trafficking was arrested Tuesday in a Rohnert Park mobile home park after leading public safety officers on a brief vehicle pursuit, according to police.

Gerson Eduardo Alvarado, 39, was under surveillance by the Santa Rosa Police Department’s narcotics unit when they requested that officers with the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety conduct a traffic stop.

Alvarado fled into the Rancho Feliz Mobile Home Park, off of Redwood Drive near Rohnert Park Expressway and U.S. Highway 101 – leading law enforcement on a three-minute pursuit during which he allegedly threw methamphetamine out of his vehicle’s window before fleeing on foot.

He allegedly had several ounces of meth in his possession at the time of the arrest and detectives recovered an additional 1.5 ounces from the street.

They served a search warrant at a nearby mobile home on Estrella Drive, citing 28-year-old Brad Lyon for possession of a small amount of meth, and served another warrant at a residence on Michael Drive in Santa Rosa where they allegedly recovered 6.5 pounds of meth, 2 pounds of heroin and a half-ounce of cocaine.

The search also turned up packaging, scales and documents related to alleged drug trafficking, according to police.

Alvarado was booked into jail on suspicion of selling meth, transporting meth, possession of heroin and cocaine for sale, maintaining a residence for drug trafficking, felony evasion, resisting arrest, destruction of evidence and driving on a suspended license.

There was also an outstanding warrant for his arrest, according to police.

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27,000 Marijuana Plants Seized In 4-Day Calaveras County Raid

SAN ANDREAS, Calaveras County (AP) — More than 27,000 marijuana plants were seized and 35 people arrested in a series of raids in a California county that is trying to crack down on illegal grows as the state prepares to become the world’s largest marijuana marketplace when recreational pot is legalized next year. The crackdown on more than a dozen farms occurred over four days in different parts of Calaveras County, southeast of Sacramento in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Sheriff Rick DiBasilio said Thursday it was the largest series of raids in county history. “I want to tell all of the illegal growers that decide to come to Calaveras County: Don’t come, you’re not welcome and we will come for you,” DiBasilio said at a news conference. The National Guard, as well as the district attorney’s office, the California Highway Patrol and state and county environmental offices were involved in the operation, which took six months of planning, DiBasilio said. • ALSO READ: Cannabis Company May Turn California Town Into Pot Paradise One of the targeted farms, where more than 6,000 plants were seized, is affiliated with the same Rastafarian Church linked to a Yuba County pot farm that on Tuesday was the scene of a police shootout. A farmworker there shot two deputies after running into a nearby home and later was found dead inside. The Calaveras County sheriff’s office made five arrests without incident at the farm in Heiser Canyon on Wednesday, DiBasilio said. The Calaveras farm was targeted before Tuesday’s shooting. Heidi Lepp, the leader of Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church, said the Heiser Canyon farm is part of her network of churches, which use marijuana as their sacrament. She claims the farms that grow pot for the church have a religious exemption allowing such cultivation, but state law does not provide such exceptions. DiBasilio said the Heiser Canyon farm was an illegal grow. Medical marijuana has been legal in California for two decades and he said last year the farm tried to get a license to allow it to grow pot but was turned down. DiBasilio said Lepp called the sheriff’s office on Wednesday and said the farm was affiliated with her church and could not be raided. The workers arrested at the farm said they did not know who they were working for, he said. Lepp’s husband, Charles Lepp, said they have no ownership of the property. “We are the head of the church, and Heidi does all she can to protect the people that belong to the church,” he said. The raids began with 23 search warrants and resulted in 25 tons of marijuana being eradicated, authorities said. Eleven firearms and $7,000 in cash were also seized. In addition to illegally growing weed, the farms in question committed multiple environmental violations, officials said. The cases are now in the hands of the district attorney’s office. The seized marijuana is taken to a local landfill where it is buried about eight feet under the ground, DiBasilio said. Calaveras County officials are considering banning commercial marijuana growing altogether, despite the statewide legalization that begins Jan. 1. © Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

London police arrest three people in high-risk vehicle stop

London police arrested three people Friday afternoon involved in a high-risk vehicle stop. The arrests were in relation to a man wanted on an outstanding warrant. Police say the arrests took place in the area of Adelaide Street North and Huron Street around 2 p.m. in the afternoon. Two adult males and a young person...