Residents living in the area of the 2000 block of First Street in Hughson caught a whiff of the potent smell of marijuana trees and noticed the high traffic volume generated at one house. They called the Sheriff's Department, who served a search warrant on Wednesday morning and busted a pair of senior citizens who were growing the plants.
During the 8 a.m. search, deputies seized 49 mature marijuana plants, processed and dried marijuana, and concentrated cannabis. The plants were being grown in the rear of the residence where a tall wall had been constructed around it in an attempt at concealment.
Four weapons were also recovered, including an SKS assault rifle.
The marijuana had an estimated street value of $200,000.
Ignacio Oseguera, 72, , and Elizabeth Verver-Valdovinos, 65, both of Hughson, were at home and were arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of concentrated cannabis, and child endangerment.
Child Protective Services was contacted to place the couple's teenage daughter, who was not home at the time of the search, with family members.
Over $8,000 in cash was found in the possession of suspect Oseguera at the time of his arrest.
The case is still being investigated by the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency.