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3 arrested in Shingletown drug bust

California authorities arrested three men June 14 on gun and drug charges during a raid in Shasta County. The operation was conducted by agents with several country and state law enforcement agencies.

Authorities said agents served a search warrant to residents on the 29000 block of Riekes Ridge Road in Shingletown. Upon entering the residence, they discovered 186 marijuana plants and around 30 pounds of processed marijuana. Agents also confiscated 23 firearms, two ballistic vests, digital scales, packaging supplies and a disassembled butane honey oil lab.

Three male suspects at the home, ages 19, 26 and 62, were taken into custody. All three face charges of marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and sale of concentrated cannabis and being armed in the commission of a felony. They are each being held in jail on $500,000 bail. Reports did not indicate if the arrests were part of a larger police investigation.

California residents arrested for cultivating marijuana, methamphetamine or other types of drug charges could help their situation by remaining silent when being questioned and immediately contacting a criminal defense attorney. A lawyer could work to protect a client's rights throughout the legal process. Depending on the particulars of the case, it may be possible to refute the prosecution's version of events or to challenge the search that led to the seizure of the drugs as being beyond the scope of the warrant. This could lead to the evidence being ruled inadmissible and a possible dismissal of the charges. In cases where the evidence is strong, an attorney might choose to negotiate an agreement with the prosecutors that could provide for a reduced penalty.

Source: KRCR News, "Shingletown investigation leads to large drug and gun bust," June 15, 2016

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