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By Jeff Pack
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Eight arrested in connection with busted pot grows in Murrieta

 

Last updated 8/17/2018 at 11:59am

Murrieta Police Department

Jing Li, 55; Huang Zhang, 63; Lai Zhang, 49; Xiuxia Zhu, 38; Xue Tang, 51; Tian Zhang, 42; and Sheng Zhang, 65, and Shan Ye, 51 were arrested for grand theft, grand theft of utilities, conspiracy, possession of marijuana for sale and cultivation of marijuana.

On Tuesday, the Murrieta Police Department announced in a press release the arrest of eight adults last week in connection with a series of search warrants that resulted in the recovery of more than 7,000 marijuana plants and the theft of more than $200,000 in electricity.

Jing Li, 55; Huang Zhang, 63; Lai Zhang, 49; Xiuxia Zhu, 38; Xue Tang, 51; Tian Zhang, 42; and Sheng Zhang, 65, and Shan Ye, 51 were arrested for grand theft, grand theft of utilities, conspiracy, possession of marijuana for sale and cultivation of marijuana. They were booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center.

The Murrieta Police Department Special Enforcement Team served a search warrant on Aug. 2 at a Murrieta residence after receiving information about a possible illegal marijuana grow. Once inside, the team located 2,800 marijuana plants and discovered $46,000 in stolen electricity. The bust led investigators to three more possible locations associated with the operation.

On Aug. 10, the team served search warrants at each of those locations and subsequently located large illegal marijuana grows and the theft of electricity.

Murrieta Police Department said in a statement that stealing electricity poses a threat to not only the criminal, but to the nearby homes and businesses. They reported that at one of the locations searched by the team, they located an electrical bypass that sparked a fire in the garage that was extinguished before any significant damage was done.

 

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