PALMDALE – Three men were arrested Monday afternoon when deputies seized 240 pounds of marijuana from a Palmdale home, authorities said.
Palmdale resident Daniel Campos, 31, and Chatsworth residents Eric Thuesen, 39, and Joseph Marsetti, 23, were arrested for cultivation of marijuana, according to a Palmdale Station press release.
The pot bust happened after deputies patrolling the Palmdale area smelled the strong odor of marijuana coming from a location on the 37000 Block of 5th Street East, the press release states.
Deputies began to investigate, and they observed the three suspects loading large plastic bins, lighting equipment, plant fertilizer and large plastic bags into a vehicle. After the vehicle pulled away from the location, deputies conducted a traffic stop and determined that a marijuana cultivation operation was taking place at the suspected location, the press release states.
Armed with a search warrant, deputies searched the house and found a marijuana grow and a rifle.
The marijuana cultivation operation consisted of two bedrooms, equipped with an artificial lighting and ventilation system, filled with marijuana plants. Deputies seized 240 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $240,000, the press release states.
Campos, Thuesen and Marsetti were each booked on $50,000 bail at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station late Monday afternoon. By Tuesday, all three suspects had been released on bail, according to jail records. They’re scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the Antelope Valley Courthouse, according to the Palmdale Station press release.