509 marijuana plants seized on coast County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team (COMMET)

Authorities seized 509 marijuana plants and arrested two men at the scene of a Fort Bragg grow raided Monday, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday. Deputies from the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team (COMMET), with the help of the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force and MCSO deputies, served a search warrant at a home in the 29000 block of Sherwood Road in Fort Bragg at 3 p.m.

Authorities found the marijuana plants in “a sophisticated indoor grow operation,” according to the MCSO, along with ammunition and “evidence the marijuana was being grown for sales.”Inside the home were Curtis Lamoreaux, 36, who was out on bail for a pending
felony narcotics case in Sonoma County; Phillip Irwin, 37, who allegedly has a prior felony conviction; and Anthony Prince, no age or residence given, who was “determined to be a trimmer for the operation and not arrested at this time,” the MCSO stated.

Lamoreaux and Irwin were arrested on suspicion of cultivating and possessing marijuana for sale. Lamoreaux was additionally charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, and Irwin was charged with being a felon in possession of ammunition. Lamoreaux was booked at the Mendocino County Jail under $50,000; Irwin’s bail was set at $25,000. Both men later posted bail and were released, according to the MCSO.

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