Pot plants seized
Marysville police this weekend seized nearly 300 marijuana plants from the home of a man suspected of embezzling thousands of dollars worth of property from his employer, investigators said.
David Juan Hudson, 29, was arrested after a traffic stop Saturday afternoon on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant, on suspicion of driving with a suspended driver's license and possessing embezzled property.
The arrest led police to Hudson's home, where officers discovered 296 marijuana plants inside, police said.
The time, location and nature of the traffic stop was not disclosed in a statement from the Police Department.
Sgt. Randall Elliott, in response to follow-up questions Monday, could not provide further details because he was not on duty at the time of the incident, and other Police Department officials could not be reached for comment.
Police believe the embezzled construction tools, supplies and other materials were taken from Hudson's former employer, a local construction company operating in the 800 block of F Street. Hudson quit his job the morning of his arrest, before he was apprehended by police, his former employer said Monday.
After the arrest, officers searched Hudson's home in the 800 block of H Street and discovered the load of marijuana and the more than $2,000 in embezzled property.
“It's certainly more than we're accustomed to seeing,” Elliott said of the marijuana plants.
Hudson was being held Monday in Yuba County Jail on $15,000 bail.
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