Operation Mercury has resulted in nine more raids of suspected illegal marijuana grows in Merced County in the past week, according to Deputy Tom MacKenzie, Merced County sheriff's spokesman.
The largest pot bust was at a home at Franklin Road and Highway 140 in Merced, where narcotics agents cleared out 100 marijuana plants and seized about 50 pounds of processed marijuana. No arrests were made, and charges are pending, MacKenzie said.
Five other locations in Merced and three in Snelling were searched this past week, yielding small amounts of marijuana, but no arrests. According to MacKenzie, many of the owners self-eradicated their pot gardens when agents showed up at the door.