761 marijuana plants seized in Mariposa bust

The Fresno BeeMay 30, 2014 

A search of two Mariposa homes led to two arrests and the seizure of 761 marijuana plants and thousands of dollars in indoor growing equipment, Mariposa County sheriff's deputies said.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Kristie Mitchell said that the searches were part of an ongoing investigation into a drug cultivation conspiracy in the Mariposa area.

Yong Chen and Nenghui Zhang, both of Oakland, were arrested in the raid. They are being held on $100,000 bail.

Several other arrests related to the conspiracy were made earlier this month.

Sheriff Doug Binnewies said the arrests should send a message. "I'm hoping this group gets the clue that we are not going to allow this criminal activity here, and they move on," he said.

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