Stash, grow house across street from playground
MERCED — A Merced man faces several felony charges after authorities said a month-long investigation led them to a “narcotics distribution center” across the street from a playground where young children were holding soccer practice.
Javier Hernandez Ramirez, 40, was arrested Wednesday night following a month-long investigation by Madera County Narcotics Enforcement Team (MADNET) agents that began in Chowchilla, Madera sheriff spokeswoman Erica Stuart said.
Stuart said inside Ramirez’s Merced home, agents found an elaborate narcotics operation where as much as three quarters of the entire house — allegedly using stolen power from a bypassed PG&E meter — had been converted to grow 311 marijuana plants.
The remaining portion of the home, Stuart said, was used to stash eight pounds of methamphetamine…