JULIAN–Seven people were arrested in connection with a marijuana growing operation in Julian.
The suspects were arrested following a traffic stop in the 700 block of Ramona Drive in Julian just before 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Deputies found marijuana and equipment used to grow marijuana in two vehicles. It appears the suspects were in the process of dismantling and moving equipment from a nearby house. The house was also searched and deputies discovered more marijuana growing equipment, 25 marijuana plants, a firearm and ammunition.
The suspects Kevin Chhum, 19; Dara Seng, 29; Eric Tijerina, 24; Adlai Pacificar, 25; Jonathan Castaneda, 21; Suzanne Sisomphone, 29 and Sarat Sek, 28, were booked on charges of cultivating marijuana. Sek was additionally charged with a felon in possession of a firearm.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be added at a later time.
Anyone with information about this case can call the Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at (858)565-5200. You can remain anonymous and be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward for information leading to an arrest. Call Crime Stoppers at (888)580-8477.