Police raid two pot houses
by Joel Danoy
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Police raid marijuana grow house
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Police arrested three people and are looking for three others after finding more than 1,300 marijuana plants at three different grow houses in Tracy during a two-day period this week.

Sgt. Alex Neicu of the Tracy Police Department said officers searched a 4,300-square-foot rental property at 1845 Kagehiro Drive around 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 11.

At the scene, Neicu said the Special Investigations Unit received a tip about the grow operation, and officers raided the home following an investigation that lasted “a couple of weeks.”

“The plants were full grown and the house was absolutely gutted, because it’s set up exclusively for growing,” he said.

Large ventilation tubing, air filters and lighting mounted to the ceiling were seen

during a walk-through of the downstairs portion of the home Tuesday.

Neicu said officers cut down 475 mature plants from at least 11 different growing areas within the house.

“The windows were

covered, so you can’t see anything from the outside,” he said. “These guys are amateurs, and it’s pretty standard for them to come occasionally for one or two hours a day at night.”

If processed and sold on the streets, the marijuana would be worth about $240,000, Neicu said.

Hai Tuong Nguyen is wanted on charges of cultivation of marijuana and power theft for his alleged role in the operation. He has known connections in Tracy and the San Jose area.

The growers also bypassed the power meter, which cost Pacific Gas & Electric Co. more than $30,000 in lost power use, according to Neicu.

Later in the day Tuesday, Tracy police officers discovered a larger growing operation while responding to a burglary call at 1630 Smokey Lane.

Jimmy Zhaoming Tang, 21, Yueyang Liang, 22, and Xi Hong Chen, 28, all from San Francisco, were arrested at the residence with two pounds of processed marijuana.

They are charged with possession of marijuana with the intent to sell and transportation of marijuana and taken to San Joaquin County Jail. They were not listed as inmates on the jail website Thursday, June 13.

Police were called by a resident who claimed to have seen the men climb into the house through a window, according to the Tracy police log.

“They had no keys and no way to legitimately get inside the house,” Neicu said Wednesday, June 12.

When officers checked the home, they found around 800 plants in “various stages of growth,” Neicu said. The street value of the plants is about $400,000.

Neicu described the operation as “highly sophisticated” and noted that the illegal setup bypassed the power meter, which caused a loss of about $20,000 for PG&E.

On Wednesday, the Special Investigations Unit also searched a residence at 3741 Norfolk Drive, where they discovered 85 plants at a grow operation that was only “partially set up,” Neicu said.

There were two growing spots in the house already in use, and officers found equipment to convert the entire residence into a growing operation, Neicu said.

Hieu Cong Nguyen. 19, and Ahn The Ngo, 29, are wanted on charges of cultivating marijuana and utilities theft for their alleged involvement in the operation, Neicu said. They have known connections in the San Jose area.

While the two searches are unrelated, Neicu said Thursday that the police department “wants to be proactive” when trying to shut down such operations.

“We did these two this week, and sometimes that just how it happens when the tips come in,” he said, “but we are always trying to stay ahead of things, so it’s always an ongoing operation.”

• Contact Joel Danoy at 830-4229 or jdanoy@tracypress.com.
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backinblack
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June 21, 2013
Chris, If you want to have a discussion with me please don't walk the path of many before you who either purposely take comments out of context, accuse me of writing what I did not write, or simply do not read carefully enough. To wit:

Where exactly did I bestow virtues on our Founding Fathers or the Constitution? Writing about having laws as part of our form of government, and opining about doubting the Founding Fathers envisioned and fought for a lawless country in no way touches on virtues. Both are simply statements of fact.

In regards to degrees I did not write I wasn't impressed by them, I wrote I wasn't impressed by certain types, big difference dude. For example, engineering & science, impressed, politics, unimpressed. I'm basically not impressed by any college degree which can be greatly influenced by often biased educators who oft times try to skew history or present a one sided view slanting towards their largely liberal bias. I'm also not impressed by a degree which comes out of an area where average college level scores are pathetic.

cont.........
backinblack
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June 21, 2013
As for not having a degree I was offered a scholarship to go to SJ State but declined it, why? I went to a catholic elementary school and was so far ahead of the rest of my class they skipped me from 5th to 7th grade - by the way, it was the second time they made the offer as they also wanted me to skip from 1st to 3rd but my parents didn't like the idea at that time.

I ended up graduating from HS a year ahead of most people so rather than taking the scholarship I decided to work for a year to put some money away & buy a car, then go to college.

I ended up having a 23 year career in the glass business owning my own company for the last 6. Since then I have worked for myself most of the time to this day and now have a great career I will stay with until the day I drop.

By the way, what happened to your father and other black Americans, women, gays, & other minorities throughout our history is truly sad. I never said or implied this country is perfect and yes, our Founding Fathers were not choir boys, I guess I just have a greater appreciation for the good things in this country than you.

Even though you've toned it down substantially for which I have given you credit in the past, you seem to still have a chip on your shoulder. Same as I mentioned to LMLM, I sincerely hope you find a happy place when you get out of Tracy and my offer to help you move still stands.
PublicCitizen
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June 21, 2013
Never try to argue with an idiot. They will always try to take you down to their level and usually end up winning by experience.
Wobbley
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June 17, 2013
$240,000 aint bad for amatuers.
backinblack
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June 17, 2013
"Jefferson made love to his slave mistress behind his wife's back and grew weed and hemp in his back yard."

How exactly does this relate to our current discussion? If it's to support your argument for not busting people who grow reef because Jefferson also grew it, by the same logic I guess you would also have no problem with slavery in todays world, right? Oh yea, I guess adultery is also ok because Jefferson took part, great.

Excuse me if I'm not terribly impressed by certain college degrees. Do a little research and you'll find average college level civics exam scores in this country are pathetic. What our schools seem to have in large part today is indoctrination rather than unbiased education and presentation of facts.

My credentials? Having an interest in our history since around 10 years old - I'm now 51, reading more books on the subject than I can remember, watching every legit documentary I could, listening to every interview or discussion I could find with experts on the subject, comparing any variances then researching for comparison to determine the best accounting of actual events. Sound familiar? It's called education but in my case sans a biased educator.
backinblack
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June 17, 2013
By the way, I voted for legalization but our side lost so until things change by due process the law is the law, obey it or suffer the consequences for breaking it, simple.

As I mentioned before, maybe Somalia is a good place to consider moving to, lawlessness reigns so yippie and yeehaw ya'll!

ChrisRoberts
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June 21, 2013
I was pointing out the irony of you bestowing virtues on the founding fathers and constitution. When both the founding fathers and the constitution are dog poo.

Obey the law or suffer the consequence? Sounds like what happened to my dad when he drank from a white's only water fountain in 1960. Should we all goose step and fall in line. Should we look for a Fuhrer while we are at it?

I'm sure you are not impressed by college degrees. It probably explains why you don't have one of your own.
backinblack
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June 16, 2013
"We're supposed to have a FREE MARKET PLACE AND a FREE country. Yet, we have the largest prison population on the globe. The founding fathers would have fought over this."

Are you kidding? Do you actually believe Jefferson and the boys envisioned and fought for a lawless country? A free country in no way shape or form means a lawless country, maybe you should move to Somalia if you want to be able to do whatever you want in life sans law and morality.

Have you read the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and studied US history to any great extent? I doubt it. Government has a clearly defined place in our little ole Republic, and laws are part of the deal pal. If you want to debate about too much government control or too many laws, fine, but your ire is currently directed in the wrong place.

By the way, we do not have the largest prison population because of our laws, we have the largest prison population because we have too many miscreants running around. Yea, blame law rather than the lawbreakers, great idea.

CR, there's a big difference between arresting someone for having a joint and arresting someone for operating a grow house, let's keep things in proper context.
ChrisRoberts
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June 16, 2013
Jefferson made love to his slave mistress behind his wife's back and grew weed and hemp in his back yard.

Or wait, was that George Washington? Or both?

HAHAHAHAHAHA.

Have I read the constitution and studied US history?

Honey, I have a degree IN POLITICS from the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA(SC).

Might I ask what your credentials are?
mthouseman
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June 16, 2013
A degree in politics...and you advocate breaking the laws that are on the books. They should refund your tuition.
TwilightWoods
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June 16, 2013
Yes Thomas Jefferson did have a long standing affair with Sally Hemmings and fathered many, if not all of her children. To call her black is not excatly true. She was 3/4 white. Her mother was the product of an African Slave and a British sea captain and her father was white (and also the father of Jeffersons wife Martha)
annoyed209
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June 14, 2013
just to add to my previous comment, if you are unsure of the law, here it is

SB 420 Enforcement Guidelines

State law, SB 420 (Health & Safety Code 11362.7), which took effect on Jan. 1, 2004, protects Prop. 215 patients from arrest provided they cultivate no more than 6 mature or 12 immature plants and possess no more than 8 ounces of dried marijuana (H&SC

11362.77(a)).

Counties and cities are authorized to establish higher (but not lower) limits if they wish (H&SC 11362.77(c)). Listed above are those localities that have adopted limits above the state limit.

Patients who need more marijuana can be exempted from these limits if they obtain a physician's statement specifying that they need more (H&SC

11362.77(b)). While police are often reluctant to recognize such exemptions, they are helpful in court.

Tracy municipal code section 10.08.3196 disallows all medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation. This is in direct violation of state law.

this information and more can be found at

http://www.canorml.org/medical-marijuana/local-growing-limits-in-california#exp
ChrisRoberts
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June 15, 2013
Yep the hill billy rednecks who run this town are still stuck in their myopic Ronald Regean 1980'S fantasy.

RUNutsBro?
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June 16, 2013
First let me say that they should not be bypassing the electric meter to grow marijuana. That is the epitimy of stupid. If they were my neighbors and cars were coming and going all hours of the night I would have tipped off the police too.

Second let me say to Chris that there have been black women on the city meetings for over ten years and a black man is the city's manager or director or whatever they call that office. How come you always sound like you been drinking and woke up on the wrong side of bed?

Ok, I'm done now. It's father's day, so go out and have some intelligent fun.
ChrisRoberts
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June 16, 2013
RUNUTS? Well to answer your question, I usually like a drink, and I always wake up on the wrong side of the bed.

Who cares if they bypassed an electric meeter?

Let pg&e take them to civil court and file a lawsuit. No need to get the police involved.

And a few minority city employees do not run Tracy. It is two, maybe three specific city council members(and perhaps a mayor), and a host of real estate developers.
TwilightWoods
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June 16, 2013
I don't know about you Chris Roberts. There are a lot of people here who respect the minority leaders. You do a lot of dis-serverce to anybody and everybody in town. The blame game suits you. Grow houses burn down. My neighbors home caught on fire. I hope more people will call the police. Someone told me you are mad at the cops over a BB gun incident and you don't know what you are even mad at anymore? Is that true?
annoyed209
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June 14, 2013
i think people that run illegal operations and steal utilities get what they deserve that being said, if done by the rules, remember medical marijuana, in the state of california is legal and overrides city, so as far as medical marijuana, you need to just get over it, its not going anywhere, it's called prop 215 and protects anyone who possesses a recommendation card, and in the county of san joaquin you are allowed 6 mature plants, 12 immature plants and 8 ounces of processed marijuana and with a special license you can grow up to 99 plants, so the raid with the 85 plants, if they have this special license charges are dropped and seized equipment must be returned to the owner and the raid is useless and the cost falls on tracy taxpayers. now the law allows citys to ban dispenseries from city limits and the 2 in town are being shut down and forced to relocate, now before you who are anti-marijuana get excited, they're at least 5 delivery services operating outside of tracy that deliver to the city and our officials cant do anything about it, i can get it delivered to my door faster than a pissa, so if you think your making a dent in anything, your wrong, prop 215 is our right
tracykite
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June 14, 2013
what a waste
CJSG
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June 14, 2013
Welcome to the police state. Seriously, what's next? Raids over milk? Oh wait, they've already done that. A PLANT FOLKS. THIS IS A PLANT! All these Tax dollars wasted for a PLANT & deadly things like big pharma's "medicines" are legal. What a complete joke. Then you've got the idiots supporting this because they've been indoctrinated to think marijuana is "bad" all the while drinking their alcohol which does major damage to their bodies. Once again, government overstepping their boundaries. What right do they have to tell us what we can & cannot medicate our bodies with? Or what we choose to ingest? They don't & yet people have been brainwashed to think they do have the right. Your body your choice only when it has to do with abortion I guess. Our constitution was written on hemp paper & yet even hemp is now vilified. Come on people! Start using your brains! We're supposed to have a FREE MARKET PLACE AND a FREE country. Yet, we have the largest prison population on the globe. The founding fathers would have fought over this. We just roll over and take it. This is sick. If they can raid your home over one plant, what makes you think they won't over another type? Time to wake up
CJSG
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June 14, 2013
I already know some little fool is going to call me a pot head or something lame like that so before you do, I will inform you that I do not drink, nor smoke nor do drugs (to include big pharma's) but I sure as hell do not advocate taking anyone's rights away to do so nor raiding homes/business' for milk or plants. Youtube: Run From the Cure.
AppleJak
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June 14, 2013
You have a right to Mickey Mouse the home's electrical wiring? Can you show us the permits?
mthouseman
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June 14, 2013
WOW...just wow.

First off, it is an urban legend that the Constitution was written on hemp paper. The officially signed document was written on parchment (animal skin).

Yes, we are supposed to have a free country and a free market place, but we are guided by laws. We do not get to pick and choose which laws we want to abide by and which to ignore. If you want marijuana to be legal, get it on the ballot like Colorado and let the voters decide. In the meantime, it's illegal, and people gutting houses, stealing electricity, and then selling it are BREAKING THE DAMN LAW. Sorry you don't like the laws we have on the books. There are many that I would like to see changed as well, but that doesn't mean I can just go out and ignore them.

I wonder if you are just as upset with the current administrations (ab)use of the Patriot Act as you are about this raid.
LuckyInTracyNot
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June 14, 2013
@ Chris Roberts. Maybe busting grow houses is a tad easier than busting bank robbers, since grow houses do not get up and leave at a high rate of speed. Good job Tracy Police! Keep up the good work! PS. Glad to hear hardly any gangstah drive by shooters anymore.
ChrisRoberts
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June 15, 2013
How are we going to know if Tracy PD can stop the bank robbers, gangsters, and robbers? Our police have their hands tied be hind their back, because our brain dead politicians tell them to go after weed.

I'm not blaming coppers, they just enforce the laws they are told.

Tracy city council needs to follow the example of Santa Cruz and Berkeley and make weed the lowest priority for police.

It's time to let our cops fight REAL CRIME, that has REAL VICTIMS.
ChrisRoberts
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June 14, 2013
Wow, the weed police strikes again. Wasting thousands of tax payer dollars to combat a useless plant that should be legal and is not going anywhere.

Mean while house-burglars and bank robbers commit crime in Tracy AT WILL. With zero fear of being caught my the Tracy PD.

Because someone told our cops to fight the war on drugs, one dime bag/grow house at a time. Classic fail.
AppleJak
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June 14, 2013
ahum, the damage to the home was legal? Are you pulling our legs?
walkingtall
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June 14, 2013
Great job Tracy Police Department! Keep the pressure on as we don't seen these types in our city! With the fact that hydroponics stores are popping up everywhere, should be a good indicator that there are great deal of grow operations and the numbers are increasing. Once again, great job and keep up the work!


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