In the latest in series of drug raids in the rural county, a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff’s Department says when detectives served a warrant at the home of David Wayne Christensen in the tiny community of Clearlake Oaks they found the plants growing in the backyard and on the roof of the home.
In a statement Tuesday announcing the arrest, Lake County sheriff’s Lt.. Steve Brooks said that when detectives questioned Christensen he admitted that he was growing the marijuana with the intent of selling it.
“Christensen explained that he does not smoke marijuana; however he was cultivating the marijuana in his backyard with the intent to sell it after harvest to make money,” the statement said.
As detectives searched Christensen’s home, besides the marijuana plants,, they say they also found two glass pipes, a digital scale and a small amount of methamphetamine.
Christensen was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia.
A second man who was in the home at the time was detained, but released.
The latest marijuana arrest adds to a growing list of drug seizures and arrests in out-of-the way and sparsely populated Lake County. In June, authorities say they found and eradicated tens of thousands of marijuana plants growing in different locations across the county.
Also in July, a 74-year-old man was arrested after he was pulled over because of a defective taillight on his SUV and deputies say they found methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana in his vehicle.
With a population of about 64,000 people spread across nearly 1,300 square miles of scenic and rural countryside about 120 miles north of San Francisco, Lake County is one of California’s least populated counties.
It’s also one of the state’s poorest, with U.S. Census Bureau figures showing nearly 24 percent of county’s residents are living below the poverty level.