San Gabriel man accused of operating large pot growing operations in two Hacienda Heights houses

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Deputies jailed a San Gabriel man Tuesday after uprooting two marijuana grow houses in Hacienda Heights valued at about $5 million.
Zhichi Xu, 42, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sales in connection with the indoor pot-growing operations, which were discovered about 7 a.m. just over two miles apart in the 3300 block of Glenmark Drive and the 14800 block of Rockhill Drive, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Raymond Enriquez.
“Inside of both homes, elaborate marijuana grow systems were discovered and more than 1,400 marijuana plants in various stages of growth were recovered,” the sergeant said in a written statement.
In addition, the homes had been wired to steal their electricity from Southern California Edison, officials said. The utility estimated the value of the stolen power in at more than $125,000.
Sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau investigators also served a search warrant at Xu’s home in the 1300 block of Elm Avenue in San Gabriel, where money and “other evidence” were recovered, Enriquez said.
Investigation determined that Xu, “was the person responsible for operating and financing the marijuana grow houses,” he added.
According to county booking records, Xu was released from jail early Wednesday after posting $100,000 bail. His initial court date was not available.
BOOKING PHOTO of Zhichi Xu courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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