Thursday, January 22, 2015

Two Arcadia Homes Used for Indoor Marijuana Grow Operations - News Release

UPDATED to reflect third location and additional arrest:

Two Arcadia Homes Used for Indoor Marijuana Grow Operations

Date/Time of Release:   January 22, 2015 / 4:00 p.m.

Arcadia Police Department Detectives and SWAT Team served two search warrants at Arcadia homes in the 1800 block of South Baldwin Avenue and in the 300 block of West Woodruff Avenue during the early morning hours today. The two locations were linked during the course of an investigation into possible indoor marijuana grow operations. Both warrants were served without incident and indoor marijuana grows were found at each location.

Prior to the warrant service on Woodruff, a male was detained leaving the location in a vehicle. A second male was seen arriving at the same location in a vehicle and was also subsequently detained along with a female and two male infants who were inside the Woodruff home. Gao Ming, a 46-year-old male Asian from Arcadia, and Jia Hui Shen, a 27-year-old male Asian from El Monte,  and Lan Lau, a 34-year-old female Asian from Arcadia were arrested and booked at the Arcadia City Jail on felony charges of cultivation of marijuana with bail of $50,000.00 each. Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services was contacted to arrange care for the infants.

Both 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 and approximately 500 marijuana plants at the Woodruff location. No evidence was found at either location to indicate a medical marijuana grow operation. The investigation is continuing as to property ownership, utility theft, and possible child endangerment.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150, case #1500297.  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: Colleen Flores, Lieutenant

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