More than 3,600 pot plants were seized Tuesday at a former mushroom farm off Highway 152, the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team reported.
After an eight-month investigation, officers executed a search warrant at 20 Hecker Pass Road at 8:45 a.m., said Sgt. Eric Montalbo, the team's supervisor.
Mark Boutwell, 63, and Cecil Doug Tanner, 67, were arrested at the site, a mushroom farm that had been out of operation for years, Montalbo said. He added that Tanner owned the farm under the business name Ariel Mushrooms.
Investigators found 120 pounds of processed marijuana packed for sale, more than 3,600 plants in four different grow rooms, and tens of thousands of dollars worth of growing equipment, Montalbo said.
Based on the farm raid, agents were able to secure further search warrants for Tanner's home at 70 Magnolia Drive and his business Tanner Development Inc., at 930 Freedom Blvd., both in Watsonville, Montalbo said. Investigators also searched Boutwell's home on Foothill Drive in Monterey County.
Searches of these locations turned up documentation that Tanner had paid over $100,000 in PG&E bills for the grow operation within the past two years, Montalbo said.
He said agents also found more than 10 pounds of processed marijuana at Boutwells' house.
Tanner and Boutwell were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and possession for sale of marijuana.
Montalbo estimated the wholesale value
The Santa Cruz County Anti Crime Team asked anyone who has information about the case to call 831-454-2320.