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Highway patrol stop leads to large pot growing operation, Tahoe arrest

Photo provided by the California Highway PatrolA traffic stop led authorities to a South Lake Tahoe home where a search warrant was gained that led to the discovery of a marijuana growing operation.

A 32-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested late Friday night following a traffic stop which led to a search warrant of the man’s home and the discovery of dozens of marijuana plants, authorities said this morning.

The man, whose name has not been released because of the multijurisdictional nature of the investigation, was arrested on suspicion of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sales, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.

The arrest was made after seven marijuana plants were discovered in the back of the man’s vehicle when a CHP officer stopped the vehicle for a registration violation, the officer said.

With the assistance of officers from the South Lake Tahoe Police Department, a search warrant was written and the subject’s house was raided, the officer said.

Through the house raid an additional 108 marijuana plants were located, the officer said.

The man was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sales. Bail was set at $10,000. No street value of the marijuana seized has been determined.

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