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Nipomo house search yields 4,111 marijuana plants

Marijuana plants found at a home in Nipomo.
Marijuana plants found at a home in Nipomo.

San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s narcotics detectives arrested two men Tuesday after having served search warrants at two properties in Nipomo and found greenhouses with 4,111 marijuana plants, an ounce of methamphetamine, a half-ounce of cocaine and a loaded rifle.

Tony Lumbreras Soto, 47, of Nipomo and Francisco Soto-Orduna, 42, of Santa Maria were taken into custody, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Both search warrants were served Tuesday morning at neighboring properties on the 300 block of South Oakglen Avenue. Soto was arrested in connection with a recent narcotics-related warrant, the release said.

The greenhouses and drugs were found during a search of the neighboring property, where Soto-Orduna was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a loaded firearm, and being a felon in possession of a firearm. Three other men on the property fled, the release said.

Both Soto and Soto-Orduna are being held in San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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