Under a pilot program in Yolo County, local cannabis growers are getting a crash course in accounting for their plants, products and shipping under California 'track and trace' rules to prevent diversion to the black market. Peter Hecht The Sacramento Bee
Under a pilot program in Yolo County, local cannabis growers are getting a crash course in accounting for their plants, products and shipping under California 'track and trace' rules to prevent diversion to the black market. Peter Hecht The Sacramento Bee

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Armed robbers steal 600 pounds of pot from Yolo commercial grow, sheriff says

By Nashelly Chavez

nchavez@sacbee.com

December 05, 2017 04:51 PM

UPDATED December 06, 2017 08:32 AM

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an early-morning home invasion Tuesday in which armed robbers allegedly made off with 600 pounds of processed marijuana from a commercial grow site, said Sgt. Matthew Davis, a department spokesman.

A man who lived at the home was asleep when the intruders entered the residence, located near the 15000 block of County Road 45 in the rural town of Guinda, Davis said. The man was forced into a garage by the group of about four or five suspects, but he was able to escape and hide from the robbers until they left.

The man told police one suspect was holding a handgun and another was armed with a shotgun during the incident. Two of the suspects were described as white men in their mid-20s.

Deputies believe the home was targeted for the marijuana, Davis said.

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“We don’t believe (it was random) because of what was stolen,” he said. “That’s a lot of marijuana.”

Deputies were sent to the house at around 5:20 a.m. but were unable to locate any suspects. The man living at the grow house was on his way to a hospital by the time they arrived, Davis said. He did not know the extent of the man’s injuries.

Nashelly Chavez: 916-321-1188, @nashellytweets