The Napa Special Investigations Bureau arrested three in a marijuana grow operation on Tuesday. Detectives followed up on a clandestine marijuana growing operation in the area of North Fork Crystal Springs Road, between Saint Helena and Angwin. The growing operation was spotted during an aerial reconnaissance overflight. Detectives found three separate plots containing marijuana nestled among trees in rugged terrain.
Two suspects were tending the plants and holding what detectives believed to be a rifle. A third suspect was seen near a tent nearby to the grow site. NSIB detectives took the suspect near the tent into custody and the other two suspects fled on foot. Napa Special Investigations Bureau detectives captured the other two suspects and arrested all three suspects.
A search of the area yielded an assault rifle and body armor, according to detectives. Detectives arrested 24-year-old Hilario Silva Guzman, of Fairfield, 19-year-old Juan Daniel Silva, of Suisun, and 29-year-old Rafael Jimenez Cardoza, of Napa. They were arrested for cultivation of marijuana, conspiracy, possession of an assault weapon and armed in commission of a felony. About 150 marijuana plants in various stages of vegetative growth were destroyed. Some of the marijuana was already harvested and in the process of drying out. The three arrestees were booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections.
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