A man who was arrested Wednesday when police raided a large marijuana crop in Las Trampas Regional Wilderness park near Danville has been identified as 63-year-old Pittsburg resident Policartio Gallegos, East Bay Regional Park District police Lt. Dave Dubowy said Thursday. Gallegos, a Mexican national, was booked into Santa Rita Jail on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana. He is being held without bail on an immigration hold, Dubowy said. Park district police spotted the growing operation from their helicopter several weeks ago and had been running surveillance on the site for the past three and a half weeks, park district spokeswoman Shelly Lewis said. The crop was located in a narrow canyon off a main trail within the 5,342-acre park but was only visible from the air, she said. The site was well-organized and equipped with pesticides and a generator to pump water to the plants, Lewis said. Dubowy said police removed a total of 1,740 plants from the site with an estimated street value of $250,000. No weapons were found at the site and no one was hurt during the raid. East Bay Regional Park police received assistance from the Contra Costa and Alameda county sheriff’s offices and the state Department of Justice, Dubowy said. Gallegos was arrested during the raid, but a second man escaped. That man is described as a Hispanic male in his late 30s or early 40s. He is about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 150 pounds. He has brown hair and was last seen wearing a light brown shirt and faded blue jeans, Dubowy said. He said Gallegos was cooperating with investigators, but that he had declined to give them the name of the man who escaped. Lewis said that investigators believe Gallegos and the second man had been hired by someone else to guard the site and tend the plants. Dubowy said police could not comment further on who might have been running the operation.
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