Two men were arrested Monday on suspicion of growing marijuana in rural Napa County just outside of Napa city limits, authorities said. Napa Special Investigations Bureau agents got a tip earlier this year about a possible illegal marijuana grow in the hills near the end of Redwood Road, NSIB Sgt. Oscar Ortiz said. The investigators received another tip Monday about a car parked in that area and waited several hours for the vehicle to leave, Ortiz said. When it did, NSIB agents and Napa County sheriff’s deputies pulled over the car and smelled marijuana inside, Ortiz said.
The driver, Leonardo Reyes, 33, and passenger Andres Ramos, 28, both of Napa, had marijuana resin stains on their hands, indicating that they had been processing marijuana in the hilly area, Ortiz said. Sheriff’s deputies found a loaded .32-caliber handgun under the driver’s seat, Ortiz said. Reyes and Ramos were arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and cultivation of marijuana, Ortiz said. Reyes also was arrested for possession of a loaded handgun. On Tuesday, narcotics agents went to the area where the car was parked and found a trail leading to a marijuana growing and processing operation in the woods, Ortiz said.
They eradicated more than 200 pot plants and seized several pounds of dried marijuana, Ortiz said. The Napa Special Investigations Bureau is one of 25 regional county narcotics task forces participating in the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement’s statewide drug enforcement program. A number of local law enforcement agencies participate in the Napa-area task force, including the Napa County Sheriff’s Office, the California Highway Patrol and the Napa, St. Helena and Calistoga police departments.
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