Monday, 15 July 2024

REGIONAL: Marijuana arrests yield hundreds of plants, large amount of cash

UKIAH – A man spotted hauling marijuana plants in a trailer Thursday was arrested along with two others, with authorities seizing hundreds of plants along with $49,000 in cash in resulting vehicle and residence searches.


Mitchell Lancaster, 51, and fellow Ukiah residents Dameon Lancaster, 27, and 31-year-old Melanie Foster were taken into custody and charged with marijuana cultivation and sales, according to Capt. Kurt Smallcomb of the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office.


Shortly before 8:30 a.m. Thursday the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received information that Lancaster was driving his pickup truck and hauling numerous marijuana plants in the back of his trailer, Smallcomb said.


Deputies proceeded to the area of Linda Vista when they observed Mitchell driving and Lancaster as a passenger in the described pickup pulling trailer. Smallcomb said they stopped the vehicle and found several marijuana plants in the back of the pickup and in the trailer.


The vehicle stop initiated a search warrant which was obtained and served at Mitchell's home as well as that of Dameon, who Smallcomb said resided with Foster.


More than 600 marijuana plants were seized between both residences and the initial vehicle stop, Smallcomb reported.


In addition, approximately $49,000 in cash was seized between the vehicle stop and the search of the two residences, according to Smallcomb.


He said the three suspects were transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail, with bail for each set at $20,000.


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