An investigation by the Gustine Police Department into a marijuana grow operating at two residences led to multiple arrests on charges that ranged from illegal cultivation of marijuana to child endangerment.
The police department served the two search warrants on Sept. 1 at a home in the 800 block of Pointe Lourose and a home in the 100 block of West Avenue.
Between the two homes, officers found more than 200 marijuana plants in various stages of growth, both indoor and outside. State law allows for six cannabis plants to be cultivated indoors only. The plants must be for personal use and must not be accessible to children. Gustine Police Chief Ruben Chavez said one of the homes had two children inside it, both around 3 to 4 years old.
A box full of illegal fireworks, including Roman candles. The illegal fireworks carried a fine of $1,000 said Chavez.
The investigation was initiated by Gustine Officer Bayer and Erickson, who had developed information about the suspected marijuana grows.
Carolina Rodriguez-Gutierrez, 28, of Gustine was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana more than six plants and cultivating marijuana indoors.
Steven Kristepher Buchner, 39, of Gustine was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana indoors, cultivating marijuana more than six plants, possession of animals not allowed in the city and possession of prohibited fireworks. The animal were chickens and a roster, which Chavez said is not allowed in the city, expect for a designated area of town.
Meaghan Donnelley, 32, of Gustine was arrested on suspicion of willful cruelty to a child.