Meth, Cash Seized at 'Chicken Ranch'

Burglary ring operated out of Ramona residence, detectives say

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Feb 6, 2013  |  Updated 2:49 PM PDT
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Meth, Cash Seized at 'Chicken Ranch'

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Nearly $44,000 in property, firearms, explosives, stolen vehicles, meth and thousands of dollars in cash was seized during a sweep in Ramona Tuesday morning, Sheriff's detectives said. 

Detectives served a search warrant at a Ramona residence known as "Chicken Ranch" after a two-month-long investigation.

They had evidence linking the owner of Chicken Ranch to over 20 burglaries over the course of last year ranging from early morning hot prowls to commercial burglaries, according to a statement from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.

Chicken Ranch was allegedly used by the burglary ring, which operated in the east county and aimed to dismantle stolen property, detectives said. 

The Girl Scouts of America office was reportedly one of those targeted in the burglaries. 

Thirteen people were arrested during Tuesday's sweep, Chicken Ranch's owner Mark Ertman was booked into county jail for allegedly possessing stolen property, a stolen vehicle and a firearm. 

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