Elk Grove Police Arrest Five on Cultivation, Distribution Charges After Pot House Fire

May 12, 2013 | Five alleged pothouse growers were arrested yesterday after firefighters from the  Cosumnes Community Services Distric...

May 12, 2013 |

Five alleged pothouse growers were arrested yesterday after firefighters from the Cosumnes Community Services District Fire Department and the City of Sacramento Fire Department responded to a structure fire at a home in the 6000 block of Laguna Villa Way in Elk Grove.

According to Elk Grove Police, upon entry to the structure firefighters observed a large amount of suspicious material consistent with a marijuana growing operation and immediately contacted the Elk Grove Police Department for assistance.
Duong Su

Firefighters extinguished the fire inside the residence and determined that no one was in the home at the time of the fire. Detectives from the Elk Grove Police Department's Street Crimes Unit were called out and began their investigation into the marijuana growing operation that was discovered. 

While detectives were processing the residence, after obtaining a search warrant, the homeowner drove up to the residence.  The homeowner, identified as 43-year-old Felix Su, was detained by detectives.  

During the course of the investigation, detectives determined Felix Su was responsible for the marijuana growing operation that was discovered inside the the house. Detectives also arrested Su's  41-year-old Kim Ta  at another location in Elk Grove.  Both were arrested on charges of 11358 H&S: Cultivation of Marijuana and 11359 H&S: Possess Marijuana for Sale.    

Detectives obtained search warrants for two other Elk Grove residences, 6800 block of Kilconnell Dr. and 7500 of Shelby Way, as a result information obtained during their investigation. Both residences were found to be actively growing marijuana.  

Between the three locations, over 550 marijuana plants and approximately six pounds of packaged marijuana were recovered.  In addition, detectives seized over $1,400.00 in U.S. Currency and a loaded sawed off 12-gague shotgun.

As a result of this investigation, detectives also arrested Duong Su (54), Raymond Su (24) and Mui Ly (47) on charges of 11358 H&S: Cultivation of Marijuana and 11359 H&S: Possess Marijuana for Sale. Raymond Su was also arrested for 33215 PC: Possess short barreled rifle or shotgun. 

All suspects have been booked into the county jail are according to the sheriff's website are not eligible for bail.
The investigation into this marijuana growing operation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Elk Grove Police Department at (916) 478-8114.  Tips can also be sent via SMS text message by entering CRIMES (274637) on a cell phone, followed by Tip732 (agency identification number) and the message.

Felix Su

Raymond Su

Kim Ta
Mui Ly

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zig zag man said...

Stronger neighborhoods...

Capt. Benjamin L. Willard said...

One of the interesting aspects of this is that on a TV news report, many of the neighbors thought the residence was empty. Surely one of the "growers" or an occasional car would have to be seen by the neighbors.

More than likely this is probably increasingly typical in our neighborhoods city wide - people simply don't bother to know their neighbors. This typically happens in neighborhoods were there are a preponderance of renters.

No matter how much Mayor Davis spins his little catch phrase of building stronger neighborhoods, with a large portion of local residents being transient in nature, you will never, never have strong neighborhoods without owner-occupants.

I fear we are fast becoming a suburban version of an tenement slum.

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