701 marijuana plants, 3 firearms, and five arrests; possible charges of illegal water diversion, solid waste and illegal grading being explored
Around 10:31 AM deputies of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office, Wardens from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, members of the California National Guard Counter Drug Team, BLM Rangers, Prevention Officers with Cal Fire, and members of the Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force served a search warrant in the 8700 Block of Branscomb Road, in Laytonville. This warrant resulted in the seizure of 701 marijuana plants, 3 firearms, and the arrests of five persons; Julie Bailey, Dru Bailey, Eric Bailey, Steven Colombo, and Cacidy Bailey. All parties were arrested and booked into the County Jail on charges of marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. Suspects Eric Bailey and Dru Bailey were also charged with being prohibited persons in possession of firearms. Bail on all persons was set at $25,000.00.
Wardens of the Department of Fish and Wildife are also investigating possible charges of illegal water diversion, solid waste issues, and illegal grading.