Marijuana transplant arrested on felony charges – Mercury

April 1st, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

BANGOR — A Bangor man, who reportedly moved to California to take advantage of the medical marijuana law by growing and selling marijuana to patients, was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, according to police reports.

On March 30, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Unit served a search warrant at 75 McCaton Drive in Bangor.

While serving the warrant, detectives allegedly found a large commercial indoor/outdoor marijuana garden, along with a butane honey oil lab.

Detectives reportedly discovered the indoor marijuana garden was supplied power illegally. The residents had connected secondary power lines to PGE power lines and routed power to the marijuana growing rooms, bypassing the smart meter. The resident, Christopher Erickson 33, who recently moved to California from Salt Lake City, Utah, said he had moved to California to take advantage of California’s medical marijuana laws by growing and selling marijuana to medical patients and marijuana store fronts.

Detectives seized 340 growing marijuana plants from the residence, a shed and a green house, along with processed marijuana and recently manufactured butane honey oil. The detectives also seized $42,717 in cash.

Erickson was arrested and booked into the Butte County Jail on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale, and manufacturing of a controlled substance, along with theft of utilities.

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