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News Release
February 1, 2005

Seizure of 845 plants of marijuana and a loaded shotgun.

photo- Steven L. BerryOn 02/01/2005, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team (COMMET) served a State search warrant at 1291 Talmage Road, and at a residence on Masonite Road. This was the result of a two year investigation into marijuana trafficking by Steven L. Berry.

The DEA and the COMMET seized several pounds of processed marijuana, a loaded shotgun and records from the residence on Masonite Road.

A total of 845 indoor grown marijuana plants weighing 193 lbs. were seized at the 1291 Talmage Road address, also known as the LAN-KASH Caregivers Clinic. Sales ledgers were also confiscated from this location. This indoor cultivation operation consisted of four indoor grow rooms and an office where individuals could purchase marijuana. During the service of the search warrant, unknown subjects would approach the location and attempt to buy marijuana while law enforcement officers were conducting the search. From the two locations that were served with search warrants, law enforcement officers seized approximately 149 lbs. of processed marijuana.

This case was started when the COMMET and the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force received information that marijuana was being sold and transported out of Mendocino County by the owner of the LAN-KASH club. During the investigation undercover agents purchased $4500.00 worth of cloned marijuana plants from Steven L. Berry. At a later date the undercover agents arranged to purchase two pounds of bud marijuana from Berry with an agreement to purchase up to one hundred pounds of marijuana at a later date. During this transaction Mendocino County Sheriff Deputies arrested Berry for domestic violence and the deal was never completed.

Berry was arrested by COMMET Deputies at the Sheriff’s Office and was booked into the County jail on $25,000.00 bail.

The DEA maintains that many marijuana traffickers are trying to use Proposition 215 to justify their drug trafficking activities, which have nothing to do with compassion but greed. The DEA will continue to protect the law abiding citizen in Mendocino County from the dangers of illegal drugs.

For further information contact the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office or the DEA Public Information Officer Richard Meyer at 415-436-7900.


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