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Man Pleads Guilty To Felony Drug Charge

Point Reyes National Seashore

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During the summer of 2011, rangers received information regarding outdoor marijuana cultivation on National Park Service property that was under a reservation of use and occupancy agreement. Rangers and an NPS special agent began surveillance of the property and the marijuana plantation. Last November, a federal search warrant was obtained and executed by rangers, NPS and DEA agents, and members of the Marin County major crimes task force. The search warrant also identified an indoor marijuana cultivation operation and the presence of a firearm, methamphetamine, and narcotics paraphernalia. Based on information obtained during the execution of the warrant, child protective services was notified and a separate investigation was begun based on the presence of children on the property. A $275,000 felony arrest warrant was issued by the Marin County superior court for the arrest of John McFadden, 45, of Point Reyes Station. On February 22nd, NPS personnel, county deputies, and California Highway Patrol officers conducted a high-risk felony vehicle stop on McFadden and arrested him without incident. On May 6th, McFadden pled guilty to all counts against him, including felony charges for illegally cultivating marijuana and for being a felon in possession of a firearm and misdemeanor charges for resisting an officer and driving on a suspended license. Sentencing is set for August.


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