Pot raids

Investigators from the Kern County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, together with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, raided illegal marijuana growing operations in Rosamond and Mojave last week, seizing more than 4,800 plants.

The Kern County Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit, working with officials from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, raided illegal marijuana cultivation sites in Rosamond and Mojave, arresting four people and seizing processed marijuana worth more than $2.5 million.

The raids were conducted on Oct. 4.

Executing search warrants at the sites, investigators seized 4,885 marijuana plants, 561 pounds of processed marijuana with an estimated street value of more than $2.5 million and $4,949 in currency.

They also found a stolen .357 Magnum revolver, officials said.

During the raids, investigators arrested Artemio Lepiz, 60, of Mojave; Clark Lepiz 25, of Mojave; Hamlet Abrahamyan, 26, of Rosamond and Fidel Torres, 48, of Rosamond.

All four were arrested on charges of illegal cultivation of marijuana, according to Sheriff’s officials.

All four have pending court proceedings.

The two public agencies teamed up in July to search two locations for illegal marijuana growing operations in Rosamond, resulting in the seizure of more than 3,700 plants with an estimated street value of $17 million.

Detectives also found a shotgun, several high-capacity magazines and body armor during the searches.

At that time, authorities arrested Sarkis Saradzhyan, 24, and Hovhannes Marazyan, 64, for illegal cultivation of marijuana, maintaining a place for the purposes of sales, conspiracy and discarding hazardous waste into a sewer system.

Marazyan faces an additional charge of resisting arrest. He barricaded himself in a fortified building, officials said.

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