Detectives seized 340 growing marijuana plants that were being fueled electricity illegally in Bangor on Wednesday, according to the Butte County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Department’s Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant and reportedly discovered secondary power lines had been connected to PGE’s lines so that power was rerouted to the marijuana growing rooms, bypassing PGE’s smart meter.
In addition to the plants, detectives seized $42,717 in cash. A butane honey oil lab was also discovered.
Christopher Erickson, 33, was arrested and booked into Butte County Jail on felony charges of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, manufacturing of a controlled substance and utility theft.
Erickson reportedly told detectives he moved to the foothills town from Salt Lake City so that he could grow and sell marijuana to medical patients and marijuana store fronts.
Detectives earlier this month seized 215 marijuana plants and $480,000 in cash during another bust in Bangor.