Man busted for two pot grow ops

March 15, 2009 2:13:48 PM PDT
A 52-year-old Sebastopol man was arrested and two large marijuana grow operations were discovered Thursday, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department.

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Robert Dane Kecskemeti was arrested on a count of possessing marijuana for sale after sheriff's detectives served a search warrant at 7105 Baker Lane in Sebastopol.

Detectives found three separate grow rooms on the property and seized 199 plants, 26 pounds of processed marijuana, another half pound of concentrated cannabis, and more than $25,000 in cash, according to the sheriff's department.

During the search, information was discovered that led detectives to a second home in Mendocino County.

The home, at 5451 Bear Canyon Road outside of Willits, was discovered to be containing another grow operation containing 250 plants, about 25 pounds of processed marijuana, and a firearm, according to the sheriff's department.

Detectives also found a large generator at the Mendocino County home with oil and gas cans scattered around the area that posed a potential contaminant to a nearby stream. The Department of Fish & Game is being contacted to evaluate any potential hazard.

Three people were detained at the home but later released.

The estimated street value of the marijuana seized from both locations is $155,000. Kecskemeti was booked at Sonoma County Jail where he later posted $20,000 bail, according to the sheriff's department.

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