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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday August 18th, 2021 :: 06:15 p.m. PDT


Narcotics Arrests

Nature of Incident: Narcotics Arrest
Report Number: 21-105502
Location: 3300 Block of Chestnut Lane, Santa Rosa Valley CA
Date & Time: 8/13/2021 @ 10:00 AM
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Street Team
California National Guard Counter Drug Task Force 
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Dean Tucker
(S) Kristian Stucky
Santa Rosa Valley, CA
Santa Rosa Valley, CA
Detectives from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Street Team received information Dean Tucker was involved in the illegal cultivation of marijuana. Detectives conducted an investigation and obtained a search warrant for Tucker’s residence, located in the 3300 Block of Chestnut Lane in the Santa Rosa Valley.
On August 13, 2021, detectives executed the search warrant on Tucker’s residence.  During the search, detectives located an illegal marijuana cultivation operation which consisted two separate greenhouses equipped with an irrigation system. Kristian Stucky was detained and arrested at the scene while actively tending to the marijuana plants. In total, detectives seized 572 marijuana plants. Approximately 200 of the marijuana plants were harvested and in the drying stage. In addition, detectives seized an assault rifle and several thousand dollars in suspected drug proceeds. 
Based on the investigation, detectives determined Tucker and Stucky were involved in a conspiracy to cultivate and distribute marijuana. Tucker and Stucky were arrested for various narcotics related violations. Both were booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility without incident.
Unregulated and illegal marijuana grow operations are dangerous to the end users and the environment.  Often, banned pesticides and fertilizers are used to maximize plant growth and THC content.  These pesticides and fertilizers are poisonous and can lead to health problems for humans or wild animals and contaminate the ground.  The Sheriff’s Office routinely works with other local and state government agencies to during these investigations and to ensure that the property is cleaned up and hazards are mitigated. These grows are also a public nuisance due to the odor these plants distribute throughout the area.    
The Ventura Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating reports of illegal marijuana grows throughout the county.  Residents are encouraged to report suspected illegal marijuana cultivation sites, greenhouse grows, warehouse indoor grows, and grows on local, state, or federal land. Residents should not enter grow sites due to a variety of risks including possibly armed grower site operators. Information can be reported to Ventura County Crime Stoppers or the Sheriff’s Narcotics Office at 805-383-8700.
Prepared by: Sergeant Odilon Malagon  
News Release Date: 8/18/2021  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Detective Jacob Holt
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Brian Slominski
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