An Oakhurst man was arrested early Thursday for charges related to an illegal marijuana growing operation inside a home in the 49000 block of Pierce Drive.
Jacob Clendenning, 32, was booked into Madera County Jail for cultivation and possession of marijuana over 25 pounds, possession of a short-barreled shotgun, and two charges of petty theft.
Madera County Sheriff’s Department detectives served a search warrant on the house, which also led to the arrest of Nicole Naumcheff, 24 of Oakhurst, who arrived to the house in possession of narcotics for sale.
Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Ward said in a release that detectives found an indoor marijuana growing operation with an illegal PG&E electrical bypass as well as property stolen from a local nursery. In addition, several firearms, including an illegal short-barreled shotgun, were seized, Ward said.
Ward said Clendenning admitted to the lead investigator, Detective Neil Cuthbert, he had been involved in a number of recent thefts at a local nursery. When asked how many, he told them too many to remember, Ward said.
Clendenning told detectives he was stealing fertilizer and plant soil to use in his indoor marijuana growing operation, Ward said.
“Illegal marijuana cultivation impacts everyone, including local businesses,” Sheriff Jay Varney said.