|Pot Bust Nets Alamedan|
Published: Friday, 19 October 2012 02:47
Laikuan Liang of Alameda was among three men San Leandro police arrested and charged with marijuana cultivation.
San Leandro police arrested three men, including an Alameda resident the morning of Oct. 10 for allegedly running "an elaborate clandestine marijuana cultivation operation," according to a San Leandro Police Department (SLPD) press release. SLPD executed search warrants on three warehouses where the suspects were allegedly growing marijuana, the release stated: two in San Leandro and one in Hayward.
Police also executed a search warrant at a building on the 1600 block of Eighth Avenue in Oakland. Laikuan Liang, 52, of Alameda was among those arrested and charged with marijuana cultivation. The arrests, which came during the execution of the search warrants, followed an investigation by SLPD's narcotics squad.
In addition to 5,414 marijuana plants, the bust netted police 68 pounds of processed pot and $77,440 in cash. According to police, the seized plants had the capability of producing marijuana with a street value of more than $2 million.
SFPD placed a value of $150,000 on the processed pot. Police also arrested Howard Wong of Oakland and Shuqin Cai from San Francisco.
"This was an elaborate clandestine marijuana cultivation operation," said SLPD department spokesman Lt. Jeff Tudor. "Detectives did an excellent job developing information and safely executing these dangerous search warrants."