Patterson Police bust three more pot homes
by Nick Rappley | Patterson Irrigator
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Deputies from Patterson Police Services, Riverbank Police Services and the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s main office were busy taking down three pot grow houses in West Patterson Thursday, Nov. 21, just after 8 a.m.

Patterson Police Sgt. Paul Yotsuya said deputies served three simultaneous search warrants to houses on the 400 block of Creekside Drive, 1200 block of Pipit Drive and the first block of Black Crow Lane.

People were living in at least two of the homes, Yotsuya said.

At the Creekside Drive address Celeste Ontiveros, 23, and Gilberto Cordero, 32, both of Patterson, were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, cultivation of marijuana, and theft of electricity. All were reportedly living in the house’s den, including with one and three-year-old children, while the rest of the house was utilized for crop cultivation, said deputies.

Three bedrooms were outfitted with high intensity lights and ventilation systems for the marijuana plants to grow in three stages, Yotsuya said. Deputies found 278 plants at the house in various stages of growth.

On the 1200 block of Pipit Drive, 22-year-old Jose Ramos of Patterson was arrested at a house where he was living and allegedly tending to 466 pot plants. He was arrested on suspicion of electricity theft and cultivation of marijuana.

At the third address on Black Crow Lane, deputies arrested 29, Brandon Haynes, of Patterson for outstanding warrants for electrical theft and cultivation of marijuana. The house did not contain actual pot, but was being prepared for marijuana growth, Yotsuya said.

Patterson’s residential areas have witnessed a large rise in the number of grow houses. The current total of homes that have been served warrants by deputies are now at five as of the last three weeks.

Patterson Police patrol deputies originally went to a house on the 500 block of Millwood Drive around 8:20 a.m. to check on the security of the home with an open front door only to enter and discover a large grow house.

At the scene, they found more than 250 pot plants in a three stage growth at the residence.

On Nov. 14, a house on Rosemary Drive, which was being inhabited by at least three people including a 13-year-old child, contained nearly 400 pot plants in various stages of growth.The residents there all lived in cramped quarters in the living room of the home; three of the bedrooms and the garage were all set up as a four stage grow house.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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