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Update: Suspects Arrested in $6 M Pot Bust to Appear in Court Friday

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department arrested the two men during an investigation of three marijuana grows in Diamond Bar and Hacienda Heights.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is continuing the investigation into a marijuana grow operation in Diamond Bar and Hacienda Heights that netted two arrests and the seizure of $6 million worth of plants.

Arrested Wednesday were Binh Ly, a 43-year-old Rosemead resident, and Thanh Chiem, a 45-year-old man from San Jose, Calif., according to a news release.

Ly, who was being held on $100,000 bail, was released today and is expected to appear in court Friday morning, according to court records.  Chiem, who remains in custody on $100,000 bail, also is set to appear in court Friday.

On Wednesday, three search warrants were conducted, two in Diamond Bar in the 23200 block of Forest Canyon Drive and the 20900 block of Running Branch Road and one in Hacienda Heights in the 17000 block of Glenfold Drive.  During the investigation, the two suspects allegedly involved in the marijuana grows were nabbed inside the homes, authorities said.

More than 2,000 marijuana plants in various stages of grown were discovered, along with 20 pounds of finished product.  Detectives also discovered that the suspects had stolen electricity from Southern California Edison.  SCE is in the process of estimating the value of the stolen power.

The suspects were booked at Walnut Sheriff’s Station.

Sheriff’s detectives are seeking the public’s help in identifying any other possible victims and witnesses. Anyone with information is asked to contact Sgt. Jim McGee with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Bureau at 562-623-3590.

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Trisha Bowler October 05, 2012 at 06:04 AM
This just makes me furious! It's bad enough when our own citizens are criminals but when they come from another country and proceed to break our laws it makes me doubly furious! They should be thanking the Lord they live in our wonderful America! Oh yes, did I say this pot house is three houses away from mine? grrrrrrr
notsomuch October 05, 2012 at 03:13 PM
They should be deported & given MORE time due to the location being right across from QUAIL SUMMIT ELEMENTARY!!!
Vito Spago October 05, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Asian crime is a big problem in this area. Only "good" thing is they seem to leave non-asians alone, whereas they do home invasion robberies to folks of their own race. Sad.
Trisha Bowler October 06, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Yes, Vito, you are right. I have a friend who is a Japanese-American woman (who was born here) and twice she has been followed from the market and robbed at gun point by members of her own race. Yes, it is sad but I hear it's common. No, I don't live near Quail Summit but another location that was raided on Wednesday night.
notsomuch October 12, 2012 at 02:39 PM
Yet ANOTHER pot grow in DB yesterday on Malad.......Maybe a red flag should wave when these Asians purchase homes in ALL CASH......makes me sick
joebanana December 16, 2012 at 05:08 PM
$6M, I doubt it. Cops have a policy of exaggerating "street value" of pot busts. By weighting the pant, soil, and container. And basing sales on small quantities, and highest quality market prices, even for low grade product. No mention if these were medical collectives, which would mean no crime was committed

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