150 marijuana plants found in Rowland Heights home

ROWLAND HEIGHTS — A deputy stopped a possible burglary suspect near a house then discovered 150 marijuana plants growing in the residence Friday.
Sgt. Christina Baker of the sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar station said a deputy saw a man acting suspicious around a house in the 1500 block of Greencastle Avenue just before 4 p.m.
The deputy thought the man was a burglary suspect and detained him, she said. The man tried to distance himself from the residence which turned out to be a marijuana grow house, according to Baker.
Raul Villa, 23, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana. He was being held at the Walnut/Diamond Bar station jail on $50,000 bail.
Villa will be arraigned Tuesday at West Covina Superior Court.

– Ruby Gonazales

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600 pot plants found growing inside Baldwin Park house

1025_NWS_SGT-L-POTBUST1Police discovered 600 marijuana plants growing in a house and arrested one man Wednesday.
Authorities didn’t have an estimated value for the plants yet.
The grow house’s consumption of illegally obtained electricity led to its discovery.
Baldwin Park Police Lt. Doug Parnell said Southern California Edison suspected someone in the 4400 block of Baldwin Park Boulevard stole $100,000 worth of electricity and contacted police on Wednesday.
Officers headed to the one-story house around 11 a.m. and found marijuana plants in different stages of grow.
“Marijuana (plants) everywhere. Every room. Every closet,” Parnell said.
Officers also found fans plus lighting, watering and filtration systems for the plants. They took one man into custody.
1025_NWS_SGT-L-POTBUST2Sinh Dang, 60, of El Monte was arrested on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana, according to police and county booking records.
He was being held at the Baldwin Park jail in lieu of $50,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Friday in West Covina Superior Court, records indicated.
The incident marked at least the fourth marijuana growing operation raid carried out by San Gabriel law enforcement in just over a month.
Monterey Park police arrested a man at his Rosemead home on suspicion of cultivating 1025_NWS_SGT-L-POTBUST3marijuana at a home in Rancho Cucamonga, Lt. Frank Duke said. IN addition to 121 pounds of pot recovered from the grow house, officers seized another 35 pounds of dried and processed pot at the suspect’s home.
Deputies found a house with 217 marijuana plants growing inside Oct. 15 at a house in the 4800 block of Glickman Avenue in Temple City, Sgt. Steve Kim said. Before the two-day investigation was done, deputies also seized two assault rifles and a handgun and arrested seven suspects with alleged links to Asian organized crime.
Deputies raided an indoor marijuana growing operation inside a La Puente house in the 500 block of Chatterton Avenue Sept. 18, according to Lt. Pete Cacheiro. No arrests were made, however more than 350 marijuana plants were seized.

– By Brian Day and Riby Gonzales

PHOTOS courtesy of the Baldwin Park Police Department

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Monterey Park police arrest Rosemead man in connection with Rancho Cucamonga marijuana grow

Monterey Park police raided homes in Rosemead and Rancho Cucamonga early Thursday, recovering more than 155 pounds and arresting a Rosemead man on suspicion of cultivating the illicit crop, authorities said.
Detectives from the Monterey Park Police Department’s Crime Impact Team arrested Sunny Hoa, 52, at his home in on Ralph Street near Rosemead Boulevard in Rosemead, Lt. Frank Duke said. They also recovered about 35 pounds of processed pot at the residence.
Also Thursday morning, police went to another home associated with Hoa on Driftood Place near the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga, where they dismantled an indoor grow operation and seized 121 pounds of marijuana, Duke said.
Several hundred mature plants were seized in Rancho Cucamonga, along with the equipment used to grow the plants,” Monterey Park police officials said in a written statement.
A home in El Monte believed tied to Hoa was also searched, though no pot was found there, he added.
Others who were detained during the raids were ultimately released without charges, Duke said.
Monterey Park police have been watching Hoa for nearly a year, officials said, when they identified him as a suspect in an indoor marijuana grow found in Monterey Park on Thanksgiving Day last year.
In that case, an electrical fire at a condominium in the 500 block of North Chandler Avenue led officials to discover a marijuana growing operation, police said at the time.
Hoa was soon identified as a suspect, Duke said, but not arrested as police continued their investigation into him for nearly a year.
According to county booking records, Hoa was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.

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350+ pot plants uprooted in #LaPuente

LPPOTLA PUENTE – Deputies found more than 350 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of over $800,000 growing in a La Puente house on Wednesday.

In addition to the plants, they also seized high intensity lights, fans, blowers and ducting components.

Sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro said the La Puente Special Assignment Team started an investigation about three weeks ago after receiving several tips about suspicious activity at a rental house in the 500 block of Chatterton Avenue.

LPPOT2Deputies served a search warrant at the single-story home at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday and discovered marijuana plants in various stages of growth, Cacheiro said…

Full story by Ruby Gonzales

PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

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Suspect arrested in connection with Arcadia marijuana grow

ARCADIA — A man was arrested Friday — the day after discovery of 300 pot plants growing in his Arcadia home — when he arrived at the Pasadena Humane Society to try and pick up his dogs, which were seized during the bust, authorities said.
Kenny Lee, 31, was booked on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana and theft of electricity in connection with the indoor marijuana grow, which was discovered shortly after 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of East Longden Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro.
Police found the marijuana plants after animal control officials responded to Lee’s home after his dogs escaped from his yard, Lt. Roy Nakamura said. The animal control officers discovered the front door of the home was open and no one was home, prompting them to call police to check it out.
Officers entered the home to make sure everything was alright and stumbled upon an indoor marijuana grow comprised of 300 plants in various stages of growth, Castro said. The home’s electrical system had also been wired to bypass the electrical meter, allowing Lee to allegedly steal electricity to power the powerful lights required for the grow operation from the Southern California Edison grid.
Lee was not found until Friday afternoon, when he arrived at the Pasadena Humane Society seeking his dogs. Animal control officials notified police, who went to the facility and arrested Lee.
He was released from jail pending his initial court appearance early Saturday after posting $30,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County booking records.

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300 marijuana plants seized, three suspects arrested in Irwindale

IRWINDALE — Police discovered over 300 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $375,000 growing in a warehouse and arrested three men, officials announced Wednesday.
Investigators also seized a large amount of marijuana, cash, cultivation equipment and a firearm, according to acting Irwindale Police Chief
George Zendejas.
The incident began at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday when a patrol officer checked an unoccupied vehicle in a parking lot at 851 Meridian Street, discovered the registration expired more than six months ago and impounded it.
“While completing the storage, he discovered a large amount of marijuana inside the vehicle and evidence of a marijuana growing operation,” Zendejas said.
He said detectives served a search warrant at the warehouse on Meridian Street and found a marijuana growing operation. Three men inside the warehouse were arrested.
Kenneth Charles Severs, 31, of Rancho Cucamonga was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sales while Jarred Edward Knuth, 32, of La Habra and Ryan Eugene Knuth, 35, of Brea, were arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana.
Booking records the three men were booked at Glendora Police jail and released Wednesday morning. It wasn’t clear if they are out on bail.

– Ruby Gonzales

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West Covina man accused of growing pot inside Glendora business suites

A West Covina man is accused of cultivation of marijuana after authorities discovered about 400 plants growing inside two business suites which investigators said were a front for the pot-growing operation.
Jose Angel Marquez, 29, was booked on suspicion of cultivation of marijuana following his arrest, which took place just after midnight, according to Glendora police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers carrying out a narcotics investigation spotted Marquez driving away from the nondescript business suites late Wednesday and pulled him over, Glendora police Lt. Brian Summers said.
Officers found a small amount of marijuana in his possession, but returned to the adjacent businesses a short time later with a search warrant, the lieutenant said.
“Over 400 marijuana plants in various stages of maturity were recovered, along with other materials used to cultivate the plants,” Police said in the written statement.
Had the plants all been allowed to mature, the value of the marijuana could be as high as $350,000, Summer said.
“The investigation revealed Marquez was using the business suites as a front for marijuana cultivation,” according to the police statement.
Officials were also summoned to the scene to look into potential code violations or hazards at the businesses, police added.
According to county booking records, Marquez was released from jail Thursday morning pending his initial court appearance after posting $100,000 bail.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Arcadia Police Department

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San Gabriel Valley residents accused of three-county pot growing operation

Authorities on Wednesday arrested ten people – nine from the San Gabriel Valley – for allegedly operating marijuana grow houses in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
More than $250,000, over 8,000 marijuana plants and seven weapons including an assault rifle were also seized after state and federal agencies served search warrants at 26 locations.
The suspects allegedly belong to a drug trafficking group reportedly led by an Arcadia man.
The organization bought or leased single-family homes which were converted to raise marijuana indoors, according to federal court documents. Each house contained, on average, 1,000 to 2,000 marijuana plants. The marijuana was sold in California and across the country.
Eleven people were charged with conspiracy to manufacture, to distribute, and to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. One suspect is a fugitive.
Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the U.S Attorney’s Office, said search warrants were served in Eastvale, Corona, Fontana, Riverside, Rancho Cucamonga, Chino, Diamond Bar, El Monte, Arcadia, Los Angeles, Monterey Park, Walnut and Temple City. He said 15 of those locations were marijuana grow houses.
The 10 arrested were:
– Raymond A. Lam, who also used the name “Nam A. Lam,” 42, of Arcadia. He is the alleged leader of the organization and supposedly oversaw buying the houses that were converted into industrial-type marijuana grow houses
– Simon Lam, 32, of Arcadia, a top lieutenant
– Ken Ho, also known as “Ken Lam,” 33, of Arcadia, a top lieutenant
– San S. Voong, also known as “Chen Sheng Wang,” 35, of Arcadia, another top lieutenant
– Phieu Tran, 35, of El Monte
– Augustine Bazan Camacho, 41, of Pomona, allegedly a veteran plant tender responsible for maintaining many of the grow houses
– Thanh Van Phu, 33, of El Monte
– Luc Kai Phoung, who is also known as “Wong Fong,” “Al Fong “ and “Na Na,” 50, of Rosemead, who allegedly built the electrical and utility meter by-pass systems used at the grow houses
– Steven Huytu Lam, 52, of Walnut
– Li Ya Si, 42, of Temple City.
Investigators are still looking for one suspect, 39-year-old Andy Tran of Monterey Park who is allegedly also a top lieutenant in the group.
The investigation was done by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

– Ruby Gonzales

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UPDATED: New arrests, details announced in Pasadena shotgun slaying that stemmed from alleged marijuana robbery

PASADENA — Police announced new arrests and charges Wednesday in the fatal shotgun shooting of a 21-year-old Pasadena man during a marijuana robbery earlier this month.
A total of five people have been charged in connection with the Jan. 15 shooting death of Zane Goldstein, which occurred after the victim and his brother met the suspects for a small-scale marijuana deal, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Police Wednesday revealed that the fatal shooting stemmed from a planned marijuana sale.
“The shooting of the victim was precipitated by Zane Goldstein and his (24-year-old) brother arranging to meet one of the suspects to sell a nominal amount of marijuana,” according to Pasadena police Lt. Tracey Ibarra.
“During the contact, the suspects attempted to rob the victims and a shooting ultimately occurred,” Ibarra said.
The exact amount of marijuana involved in the transaction was not available, however Ibarra described it as “less than an ounce.”
The Goldstein brothers had just driven away from an alleyway behind a Holliston Avenue apartment complex where they had met the suspects when they were followed by a car, police said.
The fatal shooting then took place around the corner at Chester Avenue and Maple Street.
Raymond Conchas, 23, of Covina, John Michael Piepoli, 19, and Ruby Conchas, 20, joined two other suspects already in custody earlier this week, according to police officials and custody records.
Peter Parra, 35, of Pasadena, and Kevin Jessie Cabrera, 25, of North Hollywood were arrested last week and charged Friday in connection with the shooting, officials said. Raymond Conchas was also charged with the killing, though he was not yet in custody at the time.
Raymond Conchas turned himself in to police Monday afternoon, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. He had been sought, along with 20-year-old Stephanie Jacquez, since murder and other charges were filed against him Friday and his photograph released to the public.
Jacquez turned herself in alongside Raymond Conchas, police said. She was ultimately released without charges.
Ruby Conchas, who was previously arrested and released without charges pending further investigation, was re-arrested Tuesday and charged with being an accessory after the fact to the slaying, Ibarra said.
Investigators early Tuesday arrested a fifth suspect in the case, identified as 19-year-old John Piepoli II, according to police and booking records.
Following Tuesday’s arrests, no additional suspects were being sought.
“We have everybody in custody,” Ibarra said.
A felony complaint filed against the five defendants outlines a conspiracy that began the day before Zane Goldstein was shot to death.
Raymond Conchas told Piepoli and another man who is not charged in the case Jan. 14 that he wanted to rob Goldstein, according to the complaint. He then ordered the two men to arrange a marijuana deal with Goldstein.
The uncharged man gave Goldstein Raymond Conchas’ cell phone number on Jan. 15, and Conchas contacted Goldstein via text message to arrange a meeting place for the deal, according to court documents.
Cabrera is accused of meeting the Goldstein brothers and luring them into a rear alleyway off Holliston Avenue.
Parra pointed a loaded shotgun at Zane Goldstein, according to the felony complaint.
Parra and Conchas then pursued the Goldstein brothers a short distance to the area of Maple Avenue and Chester Street, officials allege.
According to the complaint, “Parra shot the victim once in the head.”
Ruby Conchas pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge of being an accessory after the fact, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison said. She was due back in court Feb. 7.
In court documents, prosecutors allege she knowingly harbored, concealed and aided Raymond Conchas to help him avoid justice in the killing.
Parra, Cabrera, Raymond Conchas and John Piepoli all face charges of murder, with the special allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery, robbery, conspiracy, according to police and district attorney’s officials.
Parra, Cabrera and Raymond Conchas are also accused of gun enhancements, and the special allegation that the crime was committed for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
The special allegations make the four male suspects eligible for the death penalty, however prosecutors will not make a determination on whether to seek the death penalty until later in the legal process.
Parra, Cabrera and Conchas were scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 7 in Pasadena Superior Court, Robison said.
Piepoli was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday afternoon, however officials expected is arraignment to be continued to Feb. 7 to coincide with the other defendants.
A decision was pending Wednesday on whether charges would be filed against a 17-year-old Pasadena boy arrested the day after the shooting.

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