Alameda pot arrest linked to Tracy
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Officers from the Tracy Police Department SWAT unit arrested a 32-year-old Alameda man Thursday, Aug. 1, for his alleged involvement in residential marijuana growing in the city of Tracy.

Loc Nguyen is charged with cultivation of marijuana and theft of utilities.

Tracy police Sgt. Alex Neicu said officers arrested Nguyen around 6 a.m. Thursday at his house on the 1800 block of Chestnut Street in Alameda County.

Neicu said the police found evidence during a search of Nguyen’s house that linked him to Tracy. He did not know the nature of the evidence but said it might have involved utility bills, leases or rental contracts.

Members of the Tracy and Alameda SWAT units were accompanied to Nguyen’s house by Tracy officers from the Special Investigations Unit, which deals with narcotics and vice-related arrests, and the Special Enforcement Team, which specializes in handling violent suspects.

Nguyen is linked to two marijuana grow houses identified by the Tracy Police Department, on the 2100 block of Pedro Lane and the 1200 block of Whispering Wind Drive.

He is being held without bail at San Joaquin County Jail in French Camp on a U.S. Border Patrol hold.

Police believe Nguyen is part of a group that involves several people, Neicu said, but further information has not been released.

Since the beginning of June, he said, the Special Investigations Unit has searched residences suspected of housing marijuana grows across the city of Tracy, including on the1600 block of Smokey Lane, the 3700 block of Norfolk Drive, the 3100 block of Cynthia Court, the 1800 block of Crocus Court and the 2200 block of Grand Teton Court.

Neicu said residents who are aware of illegal drug operations or the whereabouts of people involved in those operations are urged to contact the Tracy Police Department or Tracy Crime Stoppers.

Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers by calling 831-4847; texting TIPTPD to 274637 with the tip; or submitting an online form at www.tracycrimestoppers.com.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.
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