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Nearly 1,000 pot plants found in El Monte

May 18, 2010 12:19:45 AM PDT
About $750,000 worth of marijuana will never make it on the streets, thanks to the El Monte Police Department and a concerned citizen. A tipster led police to a home on the 10700 block of Louis Drive on Monday night after noticing suspicious activity. Officers staked out the home and eventually arrested Phan Tran and Hung Doc Trinh as they left the house within an hour of each other.

Inside the home, police found 978 pot plants. One of the suspects told police they estimated they harvested 60 pounds of marijuana from the location.

Tran and Trinh were arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana. Detectives also found a power bill addressed to Trinh for more than $5,000.

All the confiscated marijuana will eventually be stored as evidence.