DEA Uncovers Large Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation Throughout San Diego County
APR 16 -- United States Attorney Karen P. Hewitt announced that thirteen individuals were arraigned today in federal court in San Diego on a felony complaint charging them with conspiracy to manufacture marijuana plants and manufacturing marijuana plants, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a) and 846.
According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stewart M. Young, who is prosecuting the case, Thomas Swift, Kevin Kennedy, Robert Rocco, Steven Zufall, Rudy Tijerina, Jesse Sandoval, Kyle Kimbrel, Jorge Morales, Jose Rodriguez-Parra, Randy Kennedy, Glenn Swift, Gregory Swift, and Brandon Gonzalez, were all arrested following the execution of federal search warrants at residences and grow locations in Vista, Fallbrook, Ramona, and Valley Center, California.
On April 14, 2008, agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) and the San Diego Narcotics Task Force (“NTF”) executed search warrants on five suspected grow locations following a year-long investigation. Agents found sophisticated indoor marijuana growing operations at four of these residences, with a total of approximately 6,848 marijuana plants. According to court documents, Thomas Swift and Kevin Kennedy owned or controlled the four residences that contained these indoor marijuana growing operations. The DEA also filed a civil complaint for forfeiture related to the grow locations in Vista, Fallbrook, Ramona and Valley Center.
The defendants are next scheduled to be in court on April 29, 2008, at 9:00 a.m., for a preliminary examination before the Honorable Barbara L. Major, United States Magistrate Judge.
Civil Complaints for Forfeitures of Properties: 08-CV-672, 08-CV-673, 08-CV-674, 08-CV-675.
SUMMARY OF CHARGES
Conspiracy to Manufacture Marijuana Plants (1000 plants or more)
Manufacturing Marijuana Plants (1000 plants or more)
Drug Enforcement Administration
A complaint itself is not evidence that the defendants committed the crimes charged. The defendants are presumed innocent until the Government meets its burden in court of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.