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Shooting Call Leads To Pot Bust
Owner Claims "Garden" Is Medicinal
Oakdale Police found this plot of marijuana growing on the property when called for gunshots heard in the area. Narcotic task force agents came in and removed the crop.

Stanislaus County narcotic task force agents arrested two individuals for marijuana cultivation and gun charges in response to an Oakdale Police Department investigation into a shots fired call from the 2000 block of East F Street at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept 26.

Oakdale Police units initially responded to a call reporting three shots heard coming from the property where the unidentified caller also described the location as a “cannabis grow” site. When officers arrived, they spotted two individuals fleeing into an extended garage on the property. The officers contacted the subjects and located two rifles and a handgun near the entrance of the garage.

While at the property the officers noticed a patch of marijuana growing in a fenced off portion of the yard. A further search revealed marijuana plants drying in a separate room. Oakdale Police notified the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency to respond to the scene.

Arrested were Delbert Montgomery, 34, and Brian Eldridge, 29, both of Oakdale.

Montgomery was featured in a Sept. 19 Leader article about growing medicinal marijuana in Oakdale. The address where officers responded was the same property highlighted in the news story.

For the entire story, look to the Oct. 3 edition of The Leader.