UPDATE:$100 million pot bust in Boise County
UPDATE: Five suspects have been arrested for what police say is the largest marijuana grow operation in Boise County.
Juan Pablo Villasenor-Villa, 28, Marcos Solano-Faria, 30, Carlos Cerda-Carpio, 40, Jose Misael Ayala-Talavaera, 19, all Mexican nationals, and Mariah D. Villasenor-Rodriguez, 21 of Caldwell were all arrested in connection for growing marijuana on public lands.
The defendants were arrested for manufacturing, distributing, possessing at least 100 marijuana plants, and possessing firearms in conjunction with a drug trafficking crime, according to police.
Police say, on September 11th, law enforcement officials conducted a raid at a outdoor marijuana grow located near Rabbit Creek in Boise County.
According to police, Solano-Farias, Cerda-Carpio, and Ayala-Talavera were apprehended by law enforcement at a camp about 300 feet from the marijuana grow site. Federal officials said investigators also found two semi-automatic handguns, an "SKS or AK-47" type rifle in the sleeping area of the camp, and several hundred marijuana plants that had already been harvested from the growing operation.
Investigators also located and destroyed 785 live marijuana plants. Villasenor-Villa and Villasenor-Rodriguez were arrested on September 13 in Caldwell.
During the investigation of the Rabbit Creek grow, police explained that they of another grow site at Beaver Creek, also off Highway 21, where, yesterday, investigators removed over 4,800 marijuana plants from a dispersed grow site.
Preliminary hearings are set for 9:30 a.m. on September 27, 2013, before U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale at the federal courthouse in Boise.