A Madera County man was arrested after 15 marijuana plants were seized from a greenhouse outside his mobile home off Road 415, sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said Friday. It is the second time in two years that Donato Canceleno, 63, has been booked on marijuana cultivation charges, Stuart said.
In 2005, agents raided Canceleno's home and found 216 plants in a semi-trailer on City View Drive located off Raymond Road in Coarsegold. Canceleno said he grew the marijuana for medicinal use, but agents alleged in March 2005 that the amount seized surpassed the state's so-called medically legal limit, Stuart said.
"Agents do not argue that Canceleno carries a [medicinal marijuana] card and was growing marijuana for personal health reasons," Sheriff John Anderson said after being advised of his arrest. "But narcotic agents contend Canceleno was, in addition to growing marijuana for personal use, cultivating it for financial gain."
Anyone with information regarding illicit drug activity in Madera County is urged to call MADNET's tip line: (559) 675-7776. Callers may remain anonymous.