Fresno County deputies raze 3 marijuana operations

The Fresno BeeJune 2, 2014 

Jimmy Wells

COURTESY PHOTO — Fresno County Sheriff's Office

Fresno County sheriff's deputies carried out three marijuana eradications in the the last two weeks, spokesman Chris Curtice said Monday.

Two of the sites were in the foothills of Watts Valley. On May 22, detectives found two farms in the 28000 block of Big Springs Road where a total of 2,400 plants were growing, Curtice said. There were no arrests.

On May 29, a warrant was served in the 127000 block of West Whitesbridge Avenue in the Kerman area. More than 100 plants were seized, along with 10 pounds of processed weed, Curtice said.

Jimmy Wells, 62, was cited on charges of marijuana cultivation and sales. Susanha Marie Ayala was arrested on charges of felony child endangerment because her infant daughter was in the home, Curtice said.

Anyone with further information about the marijuana sites is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (559) 498-STOP.

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