Four arrested, one missing after deputies discover marijuana grow
BENTON COUNTY -- Four suspects are in custody after Benton County sheriff's deputies find a large marijuana grow, and a fifth suspect is still on the loose.
On July 23, a Benton County Detective found a large grow near SR 14 and Crow Butte Road in southern Benton County. The land is owned by US Corps of Engineers. Detectives counted about 5,000 marijuana plants.
Over the next couple of weeks they monitored the grow waiting and on August 5th, detectives saw four individuals tending to the plants. When the suspects drove away, deputies stopped them, but two people got out of the car and ran. The other two stayed with the car.
One of the runners, 35-year-old Julio Nunez Bermudez was captured. The other, identified as 36-year-old Jesus Valencia Paniagua is still missing. Also arrested were Maria Perez-Rosales (20 years old) Alejandro Mendoza Garcia (25 years old) and Maximilian Valencia Paniagua (48 years old). They were arrested for manufacturing and possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver. Jesus Valencia Paniagua will be charged with the same upon his capture.
Detectives seized 3373 growing marijuana plants and over 40 pounds of suspected marijuana.