Porta-potty theft leads to large marijuana find in Fresno; four arrested

From left top, Juan Magana, Jessica Green, Cordell Seeley and Christy Angle
From left top, Juan Magana, Jessica Green, Cordell Seeley and Christy Angle

The search for two missing porta-potties from a vineyard in Selma has led to the arrest of four people when officers discovered a marijuana growing operation in southwest Fresno on Tuesday.

Around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a farmer in Selma made a call to detectives that his trailer with two porta-potties had been stolen after receiving a phone call from the restroom rental company asking if they were ready to be picked up. The farmer had assumed that the trailer had already been picked up in the 13000 block of South Peach avenue, where he had placed the trailer for his employees to use, but discovered it was missing shortly after.

Detectives were able to locate the trailer, which was equipped with a GPS tracking unit, in the 200 block of North Avenue in southwest Fresno.

When detectives served a search warrant for the residence, where several adults and children were living, detectives found the stolen trailer, porta-potties and an illegal indoor marijuana growing operation with nearly 200 plants.

Juan Magana, 50, Christy Angle, 36, Cordell Seeley, 47, all of Fresno, and Jessica Green, 31, of Clovis, were arrested. Magana was booked into the Fresno County Jail on felony charges for marijuana cultivation, Angle for an outstanding warrant related to child support payments, Green for outstanding warrants related to drug possession and traffic violations and Seeley for outstanding warrants related to vehicle theft and operating a chop shop.

No one has been charged yet for the theft of the porta-potties.

Megan Ginise: 559-441-6614