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Ceres man arrested after drug agents raid indoor marijuana grow
Agents served search warrant on Sungate Drive
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Agents seized 139 marijuana plants from the second floor of a house on Sungate Drive in Ceres on Thursday. - photo by Contributed to the Courier

A Ceres man was arrested on drug charges Thursday after Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency (SDEA) agents served a search warrant at a house in the 1600 block of Sungate Drive in Ceres.

The raid was in response to receiving information about an ongoing power theft.

Omar Segura, 31, of Ceres, was arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana, manufacturing a Butane Honey Oil (BHO) lab, theft of utilities, and committing a felony while on bail.

A second man who was inside the house at the time eluded agents when he ran from the scene.

Agents seized 139 marijuana plants from the second floor of the house which had been converted to a grow area. The kitchen had been converted to a BHO lab where agents found almost two ounces of "honey oil," a form of cannabis where the marijuana plant is introduced to a solvent extraction process. Hash oil can be the most potent of the main cannabis products because of its high level of psychoactive compound per volume.

The approximate street value for this operation is well over $100,000.

Anyone with information about the suspect or the operation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 521-4636. Callers to Crime Stoppers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Tipsters may also text information to Crime Stoppers at 274637. Just type TIP704 along with your message.