FORBESTOWN – A man found dead in the back of an SUV is believed to have been shot while growing his father’s marijuana and his body was removed from the scene, the Butt County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.
Deputies from the Boot County Sheriff’s Office found the body of Melvin Garcia-Vargas, a 29-year-old Mel Sacramento, in an SUV without a license plate in a rural area. The California Department of Justice assisted in processing the evidence from the SUV.
BCSO detectives believe Garcia-Vargas was shot in the lower body and his body was removed from where he was shot.
Detectives contacted Carlos Garcia-Hernandez, father of Garc-aged Garcia-Vargas, at his home on Sunday, Sept. 12, in the block00 block of Lindell Drive in Sacramento.
According to the release, they thought Garcia-Hernandez’s home had evidence and had received a search warrant.
During the investigation, detectives discovered that Garcia-Hernandez controlled cannabis cultivation near Squa Flat Road in Forbestown. Detectives believe that Melvin Garcia-Vargas died of cannabis growth, followed by Garcia-Hernandez and his two sons, Juan Garcia-Vargas, 227, and Ronald Garcia-Vargas, 2, who removed Melvin Garcia-Vargas’ body after his death. Helped to do.
A search warrant was issued on the evening of September 12 and detectives found a location where they believed Melvin Garcia-Vargas had been shot.
They also allegedly received a firearm and ma00 marijuana plant with the help of the Butt Inter-Agency Narcotics Task Force, BCSO Marine Unit and BCSO Special Enforcement Unit.
The next day, Monday, Sept. 13, detectives issued a search warrant for excess marijuana, believing they would control Garcia-Hernandez and his sons in seven parcels on New Hill Avenue in Orville.
The district attorney’s office said they found five more firearms and another 140,000 cannabis plants.
Detectives believe Melvin Garcia-Vargas may have accidentally shot himself while working on a cannabis plant in Forbestown. Her body was then found by her father, brother and a man named Juan Cruzcupido, 33, of Sacramento, who tried to hide the cannabis from law enforcement.
Investigation time and issuance of warrant:
Carlos Garcia-Hernandez was arrested on charges of illegal cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis for sale and illegal transfer, and misuse of human remains.
Juan Garcia-Vargas was arrested on charges of illegal cultivation of cannabis, possession of cannabis for sale, and illegal transfer and misuse of human remains.
Ronald Garcia-Vargas was arrested on charges of illegal cultivation of cannabis, possession and possession of cannabis for sale and illegal transfer and misuse of human remains.
Cruzcupido was arrested on charges of illegal cultivation of cannabis, possession and possession of cannabis for sale and illegal transfer and misuse of human remains.
Edgar Nazareth, 50, of Sacramento, was arrested on charges of illegally cultivating and selling marijuana.
The District Attorney’s Office tells Detective Tristan Harper or Jack Price to call 538-7671 if anyone has information about the investigation.