Large Pot Grow Found at El Dorado Hills Home

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EL DORADO COUNTY --

The El Dorado County Sheriff's Department says it was neighborhood complaints and a strong pungent odor coming from a property that led to the start of their investigation.

Last Friday, deputies served a search warrant on a home on Malcolm Dixon Road in El Dorado Hills.

Officials say narcotics officers were greeted by 52-year-old Jeffrey Johnasen, Sr., perched in a tree house and armed with a shotgun to protect his large marijuana grow.

Johnansen, along with his 20-year-old son, Jeffrey Johnasen, II, were arrested.

The marijuana plants were surrounded by plastic tarp to the side of the residence -- an eyesore in an affluent neighborhood of sprawling homes and gated properties, separated by some acreage.

It was during the search of the property that deputies found and seized 200 mature, 3- to 8-foot marijuana plants, three firearms, 30 pounds of processed marijuana and evidence of butane honey oil lab.

Investigators say the Johansens were also allegedly stealing power. They say their marijuana was likely being sold to dispensaries.

Both men face a slew of charges including cultivation of marijuana for sale, manufacturing dangerous drugs, theft of power and possession of a loaded firearm.