7 arrested in multi-location marijuana operation sting

SACRAMENTO - A San Joaquin drug task force raided five locations Thursday, discovering three three indoor pot grows and more than 100 pounds of processed marijuana, according to authorities.

Six individuals: Anthony Ray Sanson, 29; Melissa Ann Madrid, 29; Michael Anthony Hawkins, 25; Crystal Lee Werner, 28; Joseph Sanson, 33; Daniel Lee Madrid, 30; and Edward Garcia Madrid, 54, were arrested on drug and related allegations, according to Lt. Dave Konecny with the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office.

Officers reported seizing 860 marijuana plants. They also found electric meters had been bypassed at the indoor pot grows, Konecny said. PG&E estimated the theft of electricity at more than $200,000.

Additionally, Konecny said officers recovered six firearms, a small amount of methamphetamine and $65,000 in cash..

The search warrants were executed on the 1600 block of Venice Circle and 4100 block of Vercelli Street in Stockton; the 13500 block of Dolomite Street and 500 block of New England Avenue in Lathrop, and the 2600 block of Tradition Way in Modesto.


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