Mark Michilizzi, a warden with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, said several containers of gasoline, several forms of fertilizer ,and an illegal and highly toxic form of pesticide imported from Mexico also were found at the site near the banks of Putah Creek.
The raid was carried out about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday by agents from the multi-agency Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team, the Yolo Narcotic Enforcement Team and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Arrested were Ivan Cortez Perez, 19, and Jose Medina, 20, who were described as transients. Michilizzi said they were booked into Yolo County Jail and face charges related to unlawful cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.
In addition to the marijuana plants (pictured), officers found approximately 10 pounds of packaged processed marijuana at the cultivation site and recovered a loaded 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun.
Michilizzi said the site was in an area of private and public lands that border Putah Creek. He said the presence of the illegal pesticide was of particular concern because it is highly toxic to wildlife. Fertilizers also could contaminate the creek.
Michilizzi said a pump was being used at the site to draw water from the creek and drip lines were connected to the pump to water the marijuana plants. He said marijuana growing operations have been a recurring problem in this area.
Photo courtesy Mark Michilizzi, California Department of Fish and Wildlife