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More than 2,000 pot plants seized in Elk Grove bust

Ruo Wang, 62, was charged with managing a location to manufacture or store a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana and possession with intent to sell.
Ruo Wang, 62, was charged with managing a location to manufacture or store a controlled substance, cultivation of marijuana and possession with intent to sell. Elk Grove Police Department

Police arrested two and cited four Elk Grove residents suspected of illegally operating commercial marijuana grow houses on Wednesday morning.

Detectives confiscated more than 2,000 plants and two pounds of cultivated marijuana from two houses on Amolite Way and one on Pianella Way, Panamint Court and Boothwyn Way, said Officer Jason Jimenez of the Elk Grove Police Department.

Three independent police investigations culminated at the same time, Jimenez said, leading to Wednesday’s raids. Some of the houses are suspected to be linked, though Jimenez declined to specify which ones, citing larger investigations into illegal marijuana growth.

“What we’ve found is in this area, illegal growing operations are usually linked to large crime groups or organizations,” Jimenez said. “As far as how large this particular organization is, that’s still under investigation.”

Ruo Wang, 62, and Yongqin Zheng, 32, were arrested and charged with cultivation of marijuana and possession with intent to sell, both misdemeanors. Wang was also charged with managing a location to manufacture or store a controlled substance. Both men remain in Sacramento County Main Jail custody without bail.

Four other people were cited for possession with intent to sell and cultivation of marijuana in connection with Wednesday morning’s raid:

▪ Lixin Huang, 51

▪ Lihua Zhu, 49

▪ Zhenhai Feng, 25

▪ Mai Zhiling, 25

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052, @BenjyEgel

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