Shooting Investigation Leads Deputies to Large Marijuana Grow

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    A shooting investigation in Valley Center led deputies to a massive marijuana grow.

    A shooting investigation led deputies in Valley Center to find an indoor grow of 289 marijuana plants, 40 pounds of processed marijuana and other drugs, officials said.

    The situation started Sunday evening when sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a man who fired at two pedestrians after accusing them of trespassing, according to a San Diego County Sheriff’s Department news release.

    The victims said they were on a nature walk on Kiavo Drive when they were confronted by the suspect, who claimed they had jumped over his fence. As they walked away, they said they heard a gunshot and saw dust and debris flying on the road, according to the news release.

    Deputies identified the suspect’s address as in the 27300 block of Kiavo Drive. When deputies made a protective sweep of the residence, they found the indoor marijuana grow: 289 marijuana plants, 40 pounds of processed marijuana, a small hash oil extraction lab, about 5 grams of hash wax, a shotgun and shotgun ammunition.

    They arrested 45-year-old Michael Steve Thyberg on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, manufacturing and cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, felon in possession of a firearm and criminal threats.