Man arrested for illegal marijuana grow in Atwater

Deputies with the Merced County Sheriff’s Office Served a search warrant on San Joaquin Drive in Atwater on Thursday after Deputy Royel and Deputy Ortiz received a tip about a possible illegal marijuana grow. After executing the search warrant, Deputies Royel and Ortiz found 117 mature marijuana plants and 5 pounds of finished product. Additionally, a loaded Ruger .357 fully loaded handgun which was stolen out of San Bernardino was also found. The suspect, 33 year old Jorge Alberto Estrada, was found hiding in the back bedroom of the residence and was taken into custody and booked into the Merced County Jail.

Photo Courtesy- Merced County Sheriff’s Office

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