Two suspects caught in Butte County marijuana bust, one still on the loose
Members of the Butte County Sheriff's Office Special Enforcement Unit, the U.S. Forest Service and the Butte Interagency Narcotics Task Force - South, raided an illegal marijuana grow in the Plumas National Forest near Jordan Creek on Tuesday morning.
As they entered the grow, they saw several thousand plants being grown by a suspected drug trafficking organization. During the search, two suspects that were in the camp fled.
A U.S. Forest Service K-9 was able to catch one of the suspects who tried to jump a 20-foot cliff, but got tangled in brush along the cliff wall. A loaded .22 caliber revolver was found near the suspect. He was identified as Adrian Magana-Figueroa, 26, of Sacramento, Calif. Figueroa is a suspected member of the Sureno gang and a Mexican citizen from Michoacan, Mexico.
Law enforcement said they found that three suspects had been living in the marijuana garden and began to search for the two outstanding suspects. A Butte County Sheriff's K-9 found a second suspect and engaged him, but he escaped.
The same U.S. Forest Service K-9 that apprehended Figueroa caught the third suspect, who was identified as Alfredo Uriel Valencia-Mendoza, 30, of Mexico.
The third suspect remains on the loose.
The suspects who were caught were arrested for the cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and being armed while committing a felony.
Law enforcement searched for the third suspect by air and on the ground but could not relocate him.
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