SAN GABRIEL VALLEY – Sheriff’s narcotics investigators arrested two men and discovered about 2,000 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $6 million at three grow houses in Diamond Bar and Hacienda Heights on Wednesday.
The marijuana plants were in various stages of growth.
Sgt. Jim McGee of the sheriff’s Narcotics Bureau said a tip led them to a house in 23200 block of Forest Canyon Drive in Diamond Bar. Deputies arrested two men seen coming out of the house.
McGee said further investigation led to two other locations – a house in the 20900 block of Running Branch Road in Diamond Bar and a residence in the 17000 block of Glenfold Drive in Hacienda Heights.
Thanh Thuan Chiem, 45, of San Jose and Binh Khanh Ly, 43, of Rosemead were booked on suspicion of cultivating marijuana. They were being held at the sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar station.
The three houses were rental properties, McGee said. He added that electricity was stolen to grow the marijuana.