Murrieta police officers on Friday, Nov. 17, arrested a 47-year-old man suspected of operating an illegal marijuana grow inside a home, and stealing electricity to do it.
Huu Thanh Tran was arrested on suspicion of illegal marijuana cultivation; possessing, selling or transporting marijuana; not paying for utilities and grand theft, according to online jail records.
Tran was booked into the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center with bail set at $25,000, and was released Sunday, according to the records.
Tran was seen trying to escape through one of the home’s windows, but failed to do that before being taken into custody, according to a Murrieta police news release.
The Murrieta Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team and the Murrieta-Temecula Regional Gang Task Force served a warrant at a home in the 29300 block of Wrangler Drive, where they found an “elaborate” marijuana grow with more than 360 plants worth about $1.3 million, according to police officials.
Police believe that Tran stole more than $25,000 in electricity from Southern California Edison in order to operate the grow.