The bodies of two men were found last week in a suspected marijuana growing operation run by the Mexican drug cartel in the hills west of Rutherford, the Napa County Sheriff’s Office disclosed Thursday.
The two men have not been identified, Napa County Sheriff’s Capt. Tracey Stuart said. “They had been there for a while,” she said, referring to the difficulty of identifying them.
“I can’t say how they were killed,” Stuart said.
Drug agents found the two bodies on July 1 at a marijuana growing operation where 3,000 immature plants were found after receiving a tip, she said. Stuart declined to give the address of the private property, citing the ongoing investigation.
The private property owner was unaware that marijuana was growing on the land, the department said.
The homicides are being investigated by the Napa County Major Crimes Investigation Team and other agencies, Stuart said.
The department has been interviewing “lots” of people in connection with the case, she said.
Drug agents with the Napa Special Investigations Bureau pulled out the plants Wednesday, Stuart said.
According to NSIB’s annual report, drug agents seized 17 percent more marijuana plants in 2010 than the year before.