LITTLEROCK – A traffic stop Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 12) led Palmdale deputies to an elaborate marijuana grow operation inside a converted garage in Littlerock. Detectives seized 300 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $300,000, along with a large amount of sealed cash.
During the takedown, 41-year-old Tony Baker of Granada Hills and 41-year-old Travis Churchill of Littlerock were arrested for cultivation of marijuana.
The following is the press report from the Palmdale Station:
While working patrol in the Littlerock area, Deputy John Cereoli conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle near 87th Street East and Avenue T-14, for a traffic violation.
While contacting the driver, 41-year-old Granada Hills resident Tony Baker, [deputy Cereoli] observed several marijuana plants in the backseat of the vehicle.
Deputy Cereoli was able to ascertain, through his investigation of the driver, that the plants had just come from a cultivation operation nearby.
Armed with a search warrant, narcotics detectives and deputies searched a two-acre lot, near the 36000 Block of 92nd Street East, where they found an elaborate marijuana cultivation operation in a detached garage.
A second suspect, 41-year-old Littlerock resident Travis Churchill, was inside of the home when deputies served the search warrant.
The cultivation operation consisted of 300 immature marijuana plants in a 3500-square-foot converted garage. It consisted of a watering and artificial lighting system.
The marijuana had just been harvested and detectives seized approximately 300 pounds of Marijuana with an estimated street value of $300,000.
A large amount of sealed cash was also seized at the scene.
Both suspects were transported and booked at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station. Baker was booked on charges of cultivation of marijuana, with a bail amount of $50,000. Churchill was booked on charges of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sales and theft of public utilities, with a bail of $50,000.
Both suspects are scheduled to be arraigned on Friday, December 14, at the Antelope Valley Court House.
The ongoing investigation is being handled by the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station Narcotics Bureau.