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Hundreds of marijuana plants seized from illegal grows, Sheriff’s Office says

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The Merced County Sheriff’s Office seized hundreds of marijuana plants as well as firearms during an investigation of multiple illegal marijuana grows, according to authorities.

The Sheriff’s Office Enforcement Team conducted several investigations and went to eight locations on Aug. 20, according to a news release.

The team led by Sgt. Ray Framstad recovered more than 40 pounds of trimmed marijuana buds and eradicated more than 500 large marijuana plants. They also seized two shotguns.

Deputies also recovered 60 cans of butane gas from a dismantled butane hash oil lab.

Butane hash oil labs use butane to extract hash from marijuana plants in what deputies describe as an extremely dangerous process. This process has led to several residences catching on fire and exploding, authorities said.

Authorities said no arrests were made and the grows did not appear to by tied to organized crime.

According to authorities, it is illegal to grow marijuana plants outdoors in Merced County. Residents may only grow indoors and legally possess six marijuana plants per residence, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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