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State correctional officer, four others arrested in Sacramento marijuana cultivation case

An employee of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation was one of five people arrested Wednesday following an eight-month investigation into marijuana cultivation activities in Sacramento.

Eddie Lay, 32, was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana for sale.

The investigation began when the Sacramento Police Department’s South Area Gang Enforcement Team obtained information that an unknown law enforcement officer might be involved in criminal activity related to a known street gang, according to a Police Department news release.

Over the course of eight months, investigators with the Police Department’s criminal intelligence unit, the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Gang Investigation Team and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Office of Internal Affairs worked together to identify Lay as the officer involved in the marijuana cultivation case, police said.

Search warrants were executed Wednesday at several locations in Sacramento: the 5000 block of Lemon Parkway, Rancho Torre Court, the 7200 block of Desi Way, 100 block of Hazen Court, 7000 block of Rock Creek Way and the 7200 block of Hatboro Court.

The searches turned up a total of 617 marijuana plants, approximately 248 pounds of packaged and processed marijuana, multiple firearms and more than $5,000 in cash, which were seized and booked into evidence.

Four other people were arrested during the execution of the search warrants. Tommy Su, 29, was arrested during the search at Rancho Torre Court and booked on suspicion of possession for sales of marijuana. Phu Su, 33, was arrested during the Hazen Court warrant search and booked on suspicion of cultivation and sales. Michael Su, 39, and Vich Nguyen, 29, were arrested at the Desi Way house on suspicion of cultivation for sale and child endangerment.