Police bust largest marijuana grow in Stanislaus County history

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  • Marijuana plants at Stanislaus County grow operation
  • John Zhong Huang, 35, of El Cerrito
  • Chiu Chuen Lau, 33, of San Leandro
  • Michael Ru Chau, 53, of San Francisco
  • Tony Chao Fan Luo, 32, of San Francisco
  • Marijuana plants at Stanislaus County grow operation
  • Barn in Stanislaus County where police found a marijuana grow operation
  • Andy Wk Chan, 61, of San Mateo
  • Processed marijuana plants waiting to be packaged
  • Yoa Ming Yu, 38, of San Francisco
    
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MODESTO, CA - A drug task force busted the largest indoor marijuana grow in Stanislaus County history Monday afternoon.

"It's very significant as far as the grow, the sophistication, and the way it was maintained," said Modesto Police Department Sgt. Rick Armendariz. "This was an elaborate and productive illegal marijuana grow that was producing high quality marijuana."

Acting on an anonymous tip, narcotics agents obtained a search warrant for the barn located at 10815 South Carpenter Road.

More than 2,000 marijuana plants were found inside the barn, 53 pounds of pot that was ready for packaging, said Armendariz.

The barn had a large commercial generator, which powered lighting, irrigation and heating for the plants.

The grow operation was estimated to produce 500 pounds of marijuana every three months, worth about $2 million.

Police found Andy Wk Chan, 61, of San Mateo, Michael Ru Chau, 53, of San Francisco, John Zhong Huang, 35, of El Cerrito, Chiu Chuen Lau, 33, of San Leandro, Tony Chao Fan Luo, 32, of San Francisco and Yoa Ming Yu, 38, of San Francisco inside the barn and arrested them, Armendariz said.

All six suspects were arrested on cultivation, possession, and sale of marijuana, conspiracy, and possession of firearms.

Police also found four rifles and one handgun.

"We are now looking into the possibility this is a large criminal organization with ties to other large grow-houses in the county."

Modesto Police Department worked with Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department, Central Valley California High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team and United States Drug Enforcement Administration. 

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