Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Deputies in conjunction with CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting), DEA, DOJ, BNE, UNET (Unified Narcotics Enforcement Team) State Fish and Game, San Benito County Sheriff’s Office and Mid Peninsula Park Rangers arrested 52-year-old Salvador Huitron of San Jose and seized 11,161 Marijuana plants.
The 30-man team apprehended Huitron during their continued clearing of Illicit Marijuana gardens in the Mt. Umunhum area. Huitron was unarmed and was taken into custody without incident on charges of cultivation and possession of Marijuana for sale.
According to Special Operations Division of the Sheriff's Office Sergeant Joe Waldherr, the nine gardens yielded a total of 11,161 plants. Once matured, these plants would have had a street value of over $45 million dollars. This is in addition to the 10,000 Marijuana plants seized at the same location earlier this Monday.
So far this year, the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Marijuana Suppression Team has seized and destroyed over 42,000 Marijuana plants. The total street value of these plants is in excess of $1.68 Billion. In addition to the Marijuana, three suspects have been arrested in raids this year.
The Marijuana Suppression Team is part of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit and consists of two full time deputies and a sergeant. The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services funds most of the program. The mission of the program is to minimize marijuana availability through investigations, crop destructions, arrests, prosecutions of cultivators and traffickers, to deter cultivation and potential growing areas and to seize and initiate forfeiture of perpetrator's assets.
Anyone having any information related to illegal indoor and/or outdoor marijuana gardens can call the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office Marijuana Eradication Team Tip line at (408) 808-4420.