Rattlesnake bites Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy during marijuana crackdown

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Date:
Friday, Jun 7, 2019

A Santa Clara county deputy was bitten by a rattlesnake Thursday afternoon while investigating possible illegal marijuana grows in unincorporated Morgan Hill, authorities said.

Deputies with Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office’s Marijuana Eradication Team were “scouting” the unincorporated region just east of Mount Hamilton when one deputy was bitten in the leg by a rattlesnake while hiking in the region at about 1 p.m., officials said.

The deputy and the rest of the unit hiked roughly one mile back to their vehicle and drove to a nearby helicopter landing zone. A CALSTAR Air Ambulance airlifted the victim to a local hospital at about 1:49 p.m. for treatment because of the team’s remote location and the area’s terrain, officials said.

Sheriff’s officials said the deputy, who has not been identified, was in stable condition on Thursday. The team had been scouring the rural region of San Antonio Valley Road since about 4 a.m.

“This incident reminds us of the inherent dangers that deputies face each and every day trying to keep the public safe,” said Sheriff Laurie Smith. “Illegal marijuana grows and drug manufacturers create an immense danger to not only law enforcement, but the community as a whole. We are wishing our deputy a speedy recovery.”

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