An Arcadia man was behind bars Friday after being picked up in a raid of a San Jacinto home that had been illegally converted into a marijuana grow house, where authorities chopped down more than 2,700 plants and seized 200 pounds of dried product.
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies served a search warrant about 7 p.m. Thursday in the 1500 block of Conrad Place regarding the an illegal grow.
Deputies discovered nine makeshift grow rooms and 2,702 plants in various stages of growth, all powered by stolen electricity, a theft Southern California Edison officials pegged at $85,000, according to the department.
Deputies also found 200 pounds of dried product, along with digital scales and packaging materials, sheriff’s officials said.
Arcadia resident Jingwei Zhen, 45, was arrested after attempting to run from the home, according to deputies. He was booked at the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of utilities theft, marijuana cultivation and marijuana sales. He’s being held on $87,000 bail with an arraignment scheduled for Tuesday.