LANCASTER – Lancaster deputies checking on the welfare of two children discovered an elaborate indoor marijuana grow with hundreds of live plants that had an estimated street sales value of $400,000, authorities said. The children were not found in the Lancaster home, however, deputies arrested brothers Patrick Ybarra, 41, and Robert Ybarra, 35, on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sales and cultivating marijuana, according to a press release from the Lancaster Sheriff Station. Read it below:
[Around 2:45 p.m., Sunday, Nov.10,] Lancaster Station Deputies responded to a home after they were told two children were in danger.
The home was located on the 1600 block of West Avenue L in the city of Lancaster. Deputies contacted the resident, suspect Patrick Ybarra at the front door.
They were given permission to enter, and after further investigation while looking for the children, they discovered 326 live marijuana plants and an elaborate hydroponic system for cultivating marijuana.
Mr. Ybarra’s brother, suspect Robert Ybarra was also detained and questioned by deputies. Detectives estimated the entire seizure weighed about 200 pounds and had an estimated street sales value of $400,000.
Both suspects were arrested and transported to Lancaster Station Jail. They were both charged with possession of marijuana for sales and cultivating marijuana, with additional charges pending for possible theft of services from Southern California Edison. The suspects were held on $50,000 bail.
The children were not discovered in the home, but were found in a safe undisclosed location with a family member.