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642 Marijuana Plants Seized, 3 Arrested During Raids in Newark, Fremont

Officers searched two homes in Newark and one in Fremont.

642 Marijuana Plants Seized, 3 Arrested During Raids in Newark, Fremont
Three men were arrested and over 600 marijuana plants were seized in a raid in Alameda County on Thursday. The Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force executed three search warrants resulting in three arrests and the seizure of 642 marijuana plants, a loaded shotgun, a loaded pistol and several high-capacity magazines, Newark police said.
 
Officers raided two residences in Newark, one located in the 6000 block of Marguerite Drive and the second located a couple blocks away in the 5000 block of Robertson Drive, police said.
 
At the two Newark residences, officers seized 343 marijuana plants, a pound of processed marijuana, a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a loaded Taurus 9mm handgun, a 10-round magazine, a 17-round magazine and a 30-round magazine, 12-gauge and 9mm ammunition, as well as cash, according to police.
 
Newark resident Jarrod Ryan Hardin, 31, was arrested in connection with the grow operation. Hardin was booked for cultivation, selling marijuana, grand theft of utility power, being armed in the commission of a felony, and possession of large capacity magazines.
 
The Southern Alameda County Major Crimes Task Force also executed a search warrant at a third location, a residence in the 33000 block of Lake Lanier Place in Fremont, police said. Officers arrested Patrick Francis Alexander, 27, of Sacramento, and Antonio M. Rodriquez, 22, a Fremont transient at the Fremont residence.
 
In Fremont, officers discovered 299 marijuana plants, 2 pounds of processed marijuana and 40 pounds of cut marijuana in the process of drying. Rodriquez and Alexander were booked for cultivation, selling marijuana, and grand theft of utility power, according to Newark police. All three arrested suspects have been booked into Santa Rita Jail in Dublin.

—By Bay City News

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