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Two Arrested For Criminal Marijuana Grow Face Trafficking, Other Charges

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San Andreas, CA – A recently destroyed large marijuana grow is back in the news as two women transferred into the Calaveras County Jail, both charged with multiple related felonies — some for violent offenses.

Guadalupe Sierra Arrellano, 43, and Medarda Urbieta Estudillo, 34, both with Modesto addresses, were respectively arrested by the Yuba County Sheriff’s Dept. and Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) before being transferred to the county jail.

According to Calaveras County Sheriff Rick DiBasilio, their charges stem from alleged criminal activities under investigation following a recent eradication of 23,000 marijuana plants in a rugged, remote area above Mountain Ranch, as reported here.

Since the case remains under a multi-agency investigation, the sheriff says he is not at liberty to provide any further details. However, the jail’s intake report indicates that the two are each currently charged not only with criminal cultivation of marijuana and possession of it for sale — but also for human trafficking through force, fraud or coercion; kidnapping; battery with serious bodily injury; and willful threat to commit a crime with the intent to terrorize.

The sheriff states that residents can expect more illegal marijuana grow eradication activities and he is hopeful that additional arrests are also in the works from other investigations currently underway.