Crime

Kingsburg women grew marijuana in a home, deputies say

Elizabeth Ortiz
Elizabeth Ortiz Fresno County Sheriff’s Office

Two women were arrested Tuesday in Kingsburg after deputies found about 800 marijuana plants in a house.

Deputies said the women were growing marijuana inside a home on the 11200 block of E. Kamm Ave.

Julia Galot, 43, and Elizabeth Ortiz, 34, were renting the home, deputies said. (The sheriff’s department on Wednesday corrected information on one suspect’s name and both of their ages. Galot was initially identified as Julia Ortiz, 34, and Elizabeth Ortiz’s age was initially reported as 33.)

After entering the home, deputies said they found several plants growing in a front room.

Inside a bedroom, there was a plastic bin containing about 12 pounds of processed marijuana ready to for sale, as well as a loaded shotgun, deputies said.

Deputies also searched the basement of the home and found an elaborate hydroponic system.

The suspects installed individual air conditioning units, fans and an irrigation system to help hundreds of plants grow, deputies said.

The women have been booked into the Fresno County Jail.

They face possible charges of marijuana cultivation and intent to sell marijuana, deputies said.

Tomas Kassahun: 559-441-6659, @TomasKassahun

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