Copperopolis, CA — A Stockton man was arrested after nearly 3,700 marijuana plants were found growing in a field near Copperopolis.
The Sheriff’s Office was notified by a rancher that someone was illegally piping water from his property. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office and CHP investigated the case, and found that an illegal marijuana garden was being grown nearby. When authorities arrived at the grow site, a Stockton man fled the area. He was later captured hiding in some nearby brush. The suspect is identified as Edgar Lopez, and he’s been booked into Calaveras County Jail on $20,000 bail.
The Sheriff’s Department reports that each marijuana plant had a street value of around $1,000.