Santa Maria Man Arrested for Illegal Marijuana Grow
Detectives Seize Hundreds of Plants, 1 Dozen Thomas Kinkade Paintings
Santa Maria - May 11th, 2012
Sheriff’s narcotics detectives have arrested a Santa Maria man for a marijuana growing and selling operation in North Santa Barbara County.
Jesse Adam Delacruz (DOB 9/18/70) is suspected of growing hundreds of marijuana plants at an office/warehouse he leased on the 500 block of West Betteravia Road. He’s also suspected of selling large amounts of marijuana outside the guidelines of the Compassionate Use Act.
At approximately 2:00pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, Sheriff’s narcotics detectives served search warrants at both the Betteravia location and Delacruz’s home on the 1000 block of Cortez Drive in Santa Maria.
During the search of the Betteravia Road warehouse, narcotics detectives discovered more than 800 live marijuana plants along with more than six pounds of processed marijuana, and an illegal short barrel shotgun. They also found several items that were purchased using illegal drug selling profits including, a 2004 Dodge Viper, multiple electronic items, and 12 paintings by artist Thomas Kinkade (Disney Dreams Collection valued at more than an estimated $30,000).
Delacruz was arrested Tuesday at his place of employment in Santa Maria and booked into the Santa Barbara Jail on $50,000 bail for felony cultivating over 25 pounds of marijuana (11358 H&S), felony possession of over 25 pounds of marijuana for sales (11359 H&S), and felony possession of an illegal firearm (33215 PC). Delacruz posted bail and was released at 4:08am on Wednesday, May 9, 2012.
The release of this information was delayed pending follow-up investigation by narcotics detectives.
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