Investigation nets pot, mushroom farm

February 8, 2009 12:31:38 PM PST
Police in Napa are searching for three suspects involved in a home invasion robbery and assault on Tuesday that led officers to arrest the victims upon discovering a massive drug cultivation operation in their home, according to police.

Police responded to a call in the 100 block of Cesta Street to the home of Napa residents Brandan Connors, 22, and his girlfriend, Amber Jischke, also 22, where an armed home invasion robbery had been carried out.

The robbery was carried out by three masked men motivated by the presence of a sophisticated marijuana and psychedelic mushroom operation, according to the Napa Police Department.

Connors was reportedly pistol-whipped repeatedly in a struggle during the robbery, police reported.

Police detectives, crime scene investigators and agents with the local drug task force known as the Napa Special Investigations Bureau assisted in the multi-layered investigation that uncovered 300 pot plants and psilocybin mushrooms growing throughout the home with the aid of a sophisticated electrical and ventilation system, according to police.

Investigators also reported confiscating a half-pound of high-grade buds, two pounds of mushrooms and $6,000 in cash. Police did not say what was reported stolen by the masked robbery suspects, though it was estimated that the 300 plants could have produced $225,000 worth of marijuana.

Police arrested Connors and Jischke on drug cultivation and possession for sale charges, and booked both suspects at the Napa County Department of Corrections.

The three home invasion robbery suspects are still being sought by police and are described as white men in their 20s, two of which are 6 feet 1 inch with a thin to average build. The third suspect is about 5 feet 11 inches with a stocky build. All were allegedly wearing black clothing and black ski masks.

Anyone with information regarding the home invasion robbery is asked to call Napa police Detective Brian Campagna at (707) 257-9567, and with information about the drug activity, contact the Napa Special Investigations Bureau at (707) 224-DRUG. Callers may remain anonymous.