On June 14, 2012 a Deputy working a tip on a possible Marijuana Grow detected the odor of fresh marijuana emanating from a residence in the 6900 block of Vista Drive, in Ferndale. Investigation led to an admission by the occupants of the home that they indeed had an active grow operation in the house. 606 growing marijuana plants, 7.5 pounds of processed and packaged marijuana and a large amount of growing equipment were located. The occupants had also diverted power illegally from the power utility by means of by-passing the power meter.
Joseph W. Ralph (58) and his wife, Darlene F. Ralph (53) were both arrested for the felony crimes of manufacturing marijuana, possession with intent to deliver, maintaining a drug premises, and defrauding a public utility.