Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 11359 H&S Possession of marijuana for sale, 11358 H&S Cultivation of marijuana, H&S, 30605(a) PC Possession of assault weapon, 12022(a)(1) PC Armed during felony, 496 PC Possession of stolen property, 1602(a) F&G Illegal diversion of water.
Report Number:
14-15068    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
11359 H&S Possession of marijuana for sale, 11358 H&S Cultivation of marijuana, H&S, 30605(a) PC Possession of assault weapon, 12022(a)(1) PC Armed during felony, 496 PC Possession of stolen property, 1602(a) F&G Illegal diversion of water.
Location:
Rural 160 Acre parcel on Oat Gap Road, Potter Valley Ca
When: Date: 06-11-2014 Time: 9:30 AM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: People of the State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Saul Hernandez 43 Potter Valley, Ca
         
Written by: Sergeant Bruce Smith
Synopsis: On 06-11-2014 the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team assisted by the Mendocino Major Crimes Task Force and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife served a search warrant on a rural 160 acre parcel located off Oat Gap Road in Potter Valley, California.

Located on the parcel were 4,692 growing marijuana plants, a small amount of processed marijuana, marijuana seeds, a digital scale, 27 firearms which included a stolen assault rifle and evidence that showed that Saul Hernandez was in control of the property.

The stolen assault rifle was taken in a 2008 burglary in Sonoma County with the victim being a Petaluma Police Officer.

Located on the adjacent property owned by the State of California were three areas where water was being illegally diverted to grow the marijuana plants on the 160 acre parcel.

On 06-20-2014 Hernandez was located by the County of Mendocino Marijuana Eradication Team in the 1400 block of South State Street in Ukiah, California and arrested without incident.

Hernandez was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $150,000.00 bail.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten