Madera man jailed for growing pot, housing 300 chickens

The Fresno BeeJune 2, 2014 

A Madera man was arrested Monday after narcotic agents found 100 marijuana plants and 300 roosters at his home, the Madera County Sheriff's Office reported.

After receiving a tip, a Madera County narcotic enforcement team served a search warrant in the Valley Lake Ranchos neighborhood on Del Monte Road in Madera. Agents were met with a sign that read "Police-state free zone" and "No warrant, no entry" as they arrived at the residence, the sheriff's office reported.

Agents found about 100 marijuana plants with a value of $114,000. They also found 300 roosters and hens housed inside a pen with a weighing scale that read "Death row farm."

Jesus Antonio Garcia, 32, who was a previously convicted felon, was booked into Madera County jail. His bail is set at a $500,000.

The property owner is facing fines for violating building codes and agriculture activity codes, the sheriff's office said. Madera County allows its residents to keep only 48 chickens.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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