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Lake County drug agents seize thousands of marijuana plants in series of raids

Some of the thousands of marijuana plants seized by drug task force agents during a series of raids in Lake County, California.
Some of the thousands of marijuana plants seized by drug task force agents during a series of raids in Lake County, California.
Lake County Sheriff's Department

Authorities have uncovered thousands of marijuana plants, seized cash and made one arrest during a series of raids of marijuana growing operations in California’s rural Lake County.

Lake County sheriff’s Lt. Steve Brooks says in a statement released late Wednesday, that in the first of what turned out to be four raids, members of a county drug task force served a warrant at a home in Kelseyville, a tiny community about 120 miles north of San Francisco, and found about 650 marijuana plants growing in three large greenhouses.

Sheriff's officials detained two people during the June 6th search of the property -- identified as 57-year-old Bobby Rex Goforth of Clearlake Oaks and 53-year-old Joy Alice Emry of Lakeport.

Detectives say Goforth told them he was growing the marijuana for a storefront, while Emry claimed that she and Goforth were part of a co-op, and that they were growing the marijuana for others.

During the search, detectives say besides the marijuana, they found and seized nearly $9,000 in cash.

Detectives also found electrical bills and gathered additional information that led them to three additional Lake County homes.

After obtaining warrants they searched the other homes where they found thousands of more marijuana plants and a hash lab.

In all, authorities say in the searches that ended Tuesday they seized 4,630 marijuana plants, about 75 pounds of processed marijuana and nearly $51,000 in cash.

They also seized hash oil, as well as two handguns and three rifles.

So far, the only person arrested in the raids has been Goforth. He’s being held on suspicion of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and manufacturing a controlled substance.
Investigators say they expect additional arrests will be made.

The raids come after members of the Lake County drug task force and Bureau of Land Management agents hiked into a remote area near Lower Lake earlier this month and seized nearly 6,000 marijuana plants.

In that case, no arrests were made, but officials believe the marijuana was being grown by a drug trafficking ring.

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