Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sophisticated Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation - News Release

Arcadia Residence Used for Sophisticated Indoor Marijuana Grow Operation

Date/Time of Release: January 27, 2013/3:55 p.m.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. this morning, the Arcadia Police Department received a call of a subject playing loud music while on the front lawn of a home located in the 2500 block of South Santa Anita Avenue. An Arcadia police officer was dispatched and arrived to find a lone male to the front of the residence. The male subject was asked to turn the music down and he said he would comply. About an hour later, after learning the residence in question was reported to be abandoned, officers went back to the location and again contacted the lone male, still to the front of the home.

While talking with the officers, the male said the home belonged to a friend and that he had permission to stay at the location, although he could not remember the friend’s name. The man did produce a key to the front door, unlocked it, and opened the door for officers. When the door was opened, officers saw items consistent with an indoor marijuana grow and smelled the overpowering odor of marijuana. The home was secured and Arcadia detectives were called to assist.

After obtaining a search warrant, Arcadia detectives searched the home and found the majority of the residence being used as a sophisticated, indoor marijuana grow operation. In excess of 500 marijuana plants were found in various stages of growth throughout the home. The grow consisted of multiple rooms with irrigation, lighting, ventilation, and electrical wiring run throughout. It appeared the electrical set-up was bypassing the meter and also tapping directly into electrical service. Every room, closet, hallway, and useable space inside this approx. 2,500 sq. foot, 4-bedroom home was being used to facilitate the operation. There was no evidence of this being a medical marijuana related grow.

Chuan W. Pang, 30-years-old from Alhambra, was arrested and booked at the Arcadia City Jail on felony charges of cultivation of marijuana. Pang is not believed to the property owner. The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150, case #1300421. If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tip page at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers, www.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: Tom Le Veque, Sergeant

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