On June 6th, 2016, at approximately 9:50 AM, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force executed a criminal marijuana search warrant in the 17000 block of Jones Ridge Road. Upon arriving at the residence, detectives located two subjects who were detained and identified as Brittany Chairez (31) out of Grass Valley and her boyfriend Brandon Carskadon (35) also of Grass Valley.
During the execution of the search warrant, detectives discovered multiple grow sites on the property that included indoors, outdoors and hoop houses. A total of 428 marijuana plants were located on the property in different stages of growth. Also located inside the residence, detectives located approximately 35 pounds of processed marijuana cola, 25 pounds of marijuana shake, a small amount of cocaine, and approximately half a pound of finished honey oil.
Detectives found 3 valid recommendations on site, which included 2 for out of county subjects. Due to the fact there was enough processed marijuana on scene to cover the recommended amount for each recommendation, all 428 plants were eradicated.
Mr. Carskadon who listed his employment as a self-employed landscaper was charged with 11358 H&S (Illegal Cultivation) and Ms. Chairez who listed her employment as unemployed was charged with 11358 H&S (Illegal Cultivation) and 11350 H&S (Possession of a Controlled Substance). Both subjects were booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.
In November of 2012, the Narcotics Task Force also executed a search warrant at the same location for the person and residence of Brandon Carskadon. During that search warrant, detectives seized 191 marijuana plants, approximately 224 pounds of processed and partially processed marijuana, 13 Ecstasy pills, 54 Hydrocodone pills, equipment for manufacturing honey oil, and a .45 caliber handgun.
Wednesday: On June 8th, 2016, at approximately 1040 AM, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force executed a criminal marijuana search warrant in the 16000 block of Fritillary Way off of Jones Ridge Road. Upon arriving at the residence detectives located three individuals who were detained and identified as Jesse Myers (29) the property owner, Jamie Beatty (30), and Garrett Breinich (25) all from South Carolina. All three subjects listed their occupation as being unemployed.
During the execution of the search warrant, detectives located 775 marijuana plants under cultivation in five separate grow areas, that included three outdoor grow sites; one hoop house, and one indoor grow area. During the investigation a well-used foot path and water line were discovered leading to an adjacent piece property in the 16000 block of Jones Ridge Road. Detectives also had a criminal search warrant for this piece of property as well. After following the foot path, detectives located an additional 394 marijuana plants under cultivation.
After interviewing the property owner Jesse Myers it was determined the marijuana under cultivation located on the adjacent property in the 16000 block of Jones Ridge Road belonged to him as well. Due to amount of marijuana located on both properties along with statements obtained all 1169 marijuana plants were eradicated. All three subjects were arrested and booked at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility for 11358H&S (Illegal Cultivation).
Thursday:On June 9, 2016, at approximately 5:30 AM, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force hiked into a suspected DTO marijuana grow located off of an NID canal in the area of Houghton Ranch Road in Penn Valley. Once in the garden it was discovered to be in the early stages of development. Detectives located several hundred feet of drip line irrigation feeding 224 marijuana plants under cultivation. There was evidence that more grow areas were being setup as it was still under construction. No suspects were located in the garden, but there was evidence that a living area was being setup. After following the main water source, detectives discovered that the suspects buried the water line underground and were siphoning water from the China Union Canal, which belongs to the Nevada Irrigation District.
On June 9, 2016, at approximately 9:30 AM, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force executed another criminal search warrant in the 16000 block of Jones Ridge Road. Once on scene detectives located 332 marijuana plants under cultivation in two separate hoop houses. Also located inside the residence was approximately 20-25 pounds of processed marijuana cola. The property owner was not home at the time of execution, but we spoke with him over the telephone. One recommendation was located on scene allowing 99 plants. Due to the large amount of processed marijuana on scene the 332 marijuana plants were eradicated. Charges will be filed on the property owner for 11358 H&S (Illegal Cultivation).