Deadly home invasion investigation leads to major drug bust

Fresno County Sheriff's deputies found nearly three hundred pounds of processed marijuana at a home and a business near Orange Cove.
October 28, 2013 1:41:02 PM PDT
Fresno County Sheriff's deputies found nearly three hundred pounds of processed marijuana at a home and a business near Orange Cove.

Narcotics detectives found more than $1 million worth of processed marijuana when searching a property on the 6900 block of S. Wakefield Ave. near Orange Cove, Monday evening. Deputies got a search warrant for the property after responding to a deadly home invasion call Sunday night around 9 p.m.

"During the initial search, at the scene approximately 100 pounds of marijuana was found and seized," Lt. Gregg Andreotti of the Fresno County Sheriffs Department said. "Subsequently our narcotics detectives wrote and served a search warrant and found an additional 200 pounds in an out building next to the residence."

The building is an office that houses a roofing business, but deputies say it was apparent it was dedicated to processing the marijuana.

Investigators have not found a motive for the Sunday night home invasion, when at least two people wearing masks and claiming to be law enforcement officers broke into the home and got into a shootout with the homeowner. The homeowner shot and killed one suspect, but he was wounded during the gunfight.

The 30-year-old homeowner has under gone surgery and is in critical condition. Deputies are looking for a possible second suspect.

This is the second marijuana related death deputies have worked along S. Wakefield Avenue. On October 13th, Deputies were called to a home less than a half a mile away; after a body was found at a marijuana grow.

Neighbors who did want to be identified say it is shocking and worrisome.

Deputies say marijuana possession and production tends to attract violence. "In the Fresno county area we have seen an increase in the violent crimes associated with the production and possession of marijuana and this is an example of what we have seen a lot of," Andreotti said.

Deputies have not said whether or not they will file drug charges in this case.

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Action News reporter Sontaya Rose contributed to this story.


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