Friday, January 23, 2015

Third Arcadia Location Found to Contain Indoor Marijuana Grow - UPDATE to News Release on Jan 22, 2015

The original News Release reference case #1500297 on January 22, 2015, has been updated to reflect a third location, an additional arrest, and updated numbers of marijuana plants. Original post:

"During the course of the investigation, Detectives identified a third residence believed to be connected to the cultivation of marijuana.   Surveillance was conducted and a male subject was detained after he fled the residence in a vehicle.   A search warrant was obtained and served at the residence in the 2700 Block of Gilpin Way, which revealed the residence was in fact being used for indoor marijuana cultivation.   As a result, Tong Wang, a 28-year-old male Asian from Arcadia was arrested and booked at the Arcadia City Jail on felony charges of cultivation of marijuana with bail of $50,000.00.

All three locations were found to contain indoor marijuana grow operations with lighting, ventilation, and electrical wiring run throughout.  It appeared the electrical set-up was bypassing the meters and also tapping directly into the electrical service at each location. Approximately 750 marijuana plants were found in various stages of growth throughout the Baldwin location, approximately 922 marijuana plants at the Woodruff location, and approximately 280 marijuana plants were located and recovered at the Gilpin Way address.  No evidence was found at any of the locations to indicate a medical marijuana grow operation.  The investigation is continuing as to property ownership, utility theft, and possible child endangerment."

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

by: Colleen Flores, Lieutenant

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