Six people were arrested last week when the Siskiyou Countywide Interagency Narcotic Task Force wrapped up a year-long marijuana production investigation near Hilt.

The investigation involved search warrants and undercover operations during which SCINTF agents purchased  nearly a pound of marijuana  on two occasions from Sager Swartz, 34, of Hornbrook, according to a press release from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department.

Swartz claimed he was producing marijuana for a collective, the Sheriff’s Department said.

On Wednesday, Nov. 16, 19 law enforcement officers from the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Department, Weed Police Department, Yreka Police Department, California Highway Patrol, and Mount Shasta Police Department responded to 2301 Hilt Road and served a search warrant on the residence outbuildings and barn, the press release states.

Agents discovered that the property, known as Coles Stage Stop, was being utilized as a marijuana processing facility. Rooms had been converted for the indoor growing of marijuana, the trimming of marijuana and the packaging of marijuana, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

In the barn, agents located numerous hanging marijuana plants, a travel trailer converted to an indoor growing room, numerous outdoor growing pots and deep trenches cut into the ground and replaced with potting soil for marijuana growing, the press release states.

Swartz was arrested, as well as five others, including  Jeffrey Sawyer, 22, of Talent, Ore.; Suzette Millican, 35, of Talent, Ore.; Kristofer Wilfert, 33 of Lincoln, Mass.; Elizabeth Swartz, 29, of San Francisco; Mollie Stratton, 41, of Portland Ore., and Sager Swartz, 34, of Hornbrook.

Also recovered was 345 pounds of dried marijuana, a small amount of cocaine and $3,641 in cash, acccording to the Sheriff's Department.