Police Discover Marijuana Growhouse on Nicoli Lane

Illegal cultivating operation discovered by monitoring unusually high PG&E bills


Sonoma Police busted a marijuana grow-house on the 300 block of Nicoli Ln, following complaints from neighbors who reported suspicious activity in the residence.

After monitoring the properties utility bills – and finding an abnormally high PG&E usage – police obtained a warrant Wednesday and at 9:55 a.m. searched the property for illicit substances.

A police team uncovered two separate grow operations in the back yard, cultivating 69 marijuana plants between the two spaces.

Robert Merrill, 22, and Sean Grasso, 44, both residents of the property were cited with a felony count of cultivating marijuana for sale.

Police said that the men were selling the marijuana illegally to a dispensary in Vallejo as a primary source of income.

The marijuana, along with the grow lights, were confiscated by the police department for destruction. Police tagged several structures in the yard, that were built without permit, for removal.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article said that both Sean Grasso and Robert Merrill were booked into Sonoma County Jail. This is incorrect, according to information received by the Sonoma Police Department they were cited and released.

SonomaComa May 20, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Marijuana farm HAHA, you should Google what that means first. 69 plants is a bouquet of flowers.
SonomaComa May 20, 2012 at 05:38 AM
Why don't the police in this town worry about all the tweaks in BOYS!!! I don't understand how the police in this town don't have better stuff to do!! There is a creeper around Sonoma that has been trying to kidnap kids from our local elementary schools and why are they not trying to find him!! why are they not trying to arrest the person why stab and beat AUSTIN RIDGE? Sonoma police have some serious issues to address and growing weed is not one of them, last time I check growing weed was legal in California.
Power2thePeople August 29, 2012 at 01:23 PM
Doesn't it concern anyone they are using PG&E? How is this done and to how many of us? That Grow could not have guzzled all that much more energy to raise red flags. But so what even if it did? When did our power usage become acceptable for government monitoring? When did using as much or as little power as we pay for as customers become a legal concern?
Bruce G. Enos, Esq. August 29, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I am the attorney for one of the defendants in this case. If anyone has information concerning what happened, please contact me, Bruce Enos, Attorney at Law, 707-527-8055 or 707-481-5195. Please leave a message and contact information if I don't answer. Thank you.
Dee Baucher August 30, 2012 at 07:04 PM
I can see why this is such a huge issue for people in this area. The underground economy. Middle class workers, displaced from jobs with "living wages" forced to find alternative incomes... and the underground economy of illegal drugs is one of the only options. This is what has been happening to our community, and many others. It will keep happening as long as there is a steady stream of illegal/cheap labor... keeping wages depressed and workers from being able to keep afloat.


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