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NTF seizes marijuana plants from North County field

October 26, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — Some 100 cultivated marijuana plants were seized from an agricultural field north of this city this week as part of a joint operation by local law enforcement agencies.

The field is owned by R & R Land & Cattle Co. of Brawley, and farmed by Salico Farms, a company owned by Niaz Mohamed, according to Marty Mohamed, Niaz's son, who was interviewed by this newspaper this morning.

R & R is a partnership made up of several owners, Marty Mohamed said.

An official with the Imperial County Narcotic Task Force, who asked not to be named, said those who farm and own the property are not under suspicion in relation to the drug seizure.

The official declined to name the land owner.

District Attorney Gilbert Otero confirmed this morning Niaz Mohamed does farm the property.

The seizure was made Tuesday by authorities with NTF, the county Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Border Patrol.


The NTF official released few details, stating the case is still under investigation.

However, the official did say authorities found about 100 developed marijuana plants "secretly cultivated and hidden by the agricultural product being grown in the field."

The official declined to give both the specific location of the field and type of crop grown there.

No arrests had been made in the case as of this morning.

The NTF official said as part of the investigation, authorities are looking at whether there is any connection to marijuana operations in Northern California.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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