Marijuana plants with an estimated street value of over $17,000,000.00.
On July 24, 2019, detectives of the Kern County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit, Kern County Sheriff's Office SWAT Team, deputies of the East Area Substations, and wardens of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, executed search warrants in the 2800 block of Sierra Highway and 5900 block of Willow Avenue, in Rosamond. During the execution of the warrants, detectives located the following: 3,759 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of over $17,000,000.00. One shotgun, several high capacity magazines, and body armor. Sarkis Saradzhyan (24) and Marazyan Hovhannes (64) were arrested for illegal cultivation of marijuana, maintaining a place for the purposes of sales, conspiracy, and discarding hazardous waste into a sewer system.
An additional charge of resisting arrest was added to Hovhannes for barricading himself in a fortified building. Both individuals were booked into the Kern County Sheriff's Office Central Receiving Facility on the above listed charges, pending court proceedings.