Officers Raid Marijuana Grow at White Slough
Authorities late last month arrested a Lodi man after the raid of an illegal marijuana grow in an area of the White Slough Wildlife Area in San Joaquin County.
Officers with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife received information late in the summer about a possible cultivation site at White Slough, according to the agency. On Sept. 21, the CDFW’s Marijuana Enforcement Team raided the site and arrested 25-year-old Fernando Garcia-Lizea of Lodi on suspicion of multiple felony charges. Authorities said the suspect was armed with a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol at the time of his arrest.
Authorities allege Garcia-Lizea was maintaining the illegal outdoor grow and was using banned and highly toxic chemicals.
Officers removed 1,700 marijuana plants and conducted a cleanup of the public site, according to CDFW. A bottle of what authorities believe contained Cufuran, which is a banned insecticide used at illegal marijuana cultivation sites, was found. Cufurun is lethal to wildlife even in the smallest doses, the agency stated.
“These grows threaten the public, destroy habitat, pollute our lands and waterways, illegally divert water and put unsafe and untested cannabis products on the black market that are frequently grown using toxic chemicals,” said David Bess, deputy director and chief of the CDFW law enforcement division.
The White Slough Wildlife Area is 880 acres of man-made ditches, canals, marshes, fields and riparian habitat that is northwest of Stockton.
The CDFW raid was conducted with help from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s and District Attorney’s offices.
Anyone with information about poaching and pollution incidents are encouraged to report them to the CDFW 24/7 CalTIP hotline at (888) 334-2258.