The Placer County District Attorney's Office has filed a felony complaint against three men in connection with what authorities described as one of the largest marijuana growing operations seen in the county.
Agents with the Tri County Drug Enforcement Team and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office served a warrant Wednesday at a residence in the Pleasant Grove area of western Placer County. The search warrant was related to several large outdoor marijuana cultivation operations on the property.
The agents eradicated and seized a total of 3,901 marijuana plants in different stages of growth and with a total weight of 10,840 pounds, approximately 10,000 pounds of raw marijuana, 703 pounds of processed marijuana and a Glock .40 caliber handgun with a high-capacity magazine, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release. The value of the marijuana seized is estimated at more than $3 million, officials said.
Twenty-four people, residents of the Fresno area, were detained for questioning, authorities said, and three were arrested. The District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Boun Ly, Trung Trang and Joshua Her, charging them with multiple counts of cultivation and possession of marijuana for sale. Her also was charged with possession of a loaded firearm by a felon, and Ly is alleged to have a prior strike under California’s “three strikes” law.
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Ly pleaded not guilty and remained in custody Monday with bail set at $50,000. His next court appearance is set for Tuesday. Her and Trang posted $65,000 bail and are to be arraigned Nov. 7.
Authorities described the Pleasant Grove marijuana grow as a sophisticated commercial operation that allegedly was cultivating marijuana for marketing throughout the state.