BERKELEY -- A Northern California man who had evaded capture for four years in connection with a massive marijuana grow has been captured in Berkeley, federal authorities said.

John David Beck, of Fort Bragg, was arrested on Friday as he left a home on Slater Lane in Berkeley, according to Deputy U.S. Marshal Joe Palmer.

Beck, 36, had eluded authorities since 2009, when Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies found over 600 marijuana plants and 10 pounds of processed marijuana on properties they say were owned by Beck.

He had been on supervised release from a 2005 earlier marijuana-related conviction at the time, Palmer said.

Beck tried to flee the Slater Lane home but was captured by deputy marshals. He was taken to the Glenn Dyer Detention Facility in Oakland pending an appearance in federal court.

Court records showed he was being held without bail on Monday.

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