2 arrested for alleged San Jacinto marijuana grow

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Sheriff's deputies arrested a pair for allegedly running an illegal marijuana grow operation at a San Jactino home on Saturday. Valley News/Riverside County Sheriff's Department courtesy photo

SAN JACINTO (CNS) – A Rowland Heights duo was arrested and accused of running an illegal marijuana grow operation in a San Jacinto residential neighborhood, sheriff’s officials said today.

Some of the marijuana found inside a home in the 1900 block of Loreto Street in San Jacinto, where Guiyu Luo and Ying Zhu are accused of running an illegal grow operation. Valley News/Riverside County Sheriff’s Department courtesy photo

Deputies discovered the grow after serving a search warrant Saturday morning at a home in the 1900 block of Loreto Street, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

Inside, deputies found 12 makeshift grow rooms with 900 marijuana plants and 250 pounds of processed marijuana, according to Sgt. Julio Olguin. Authorities also allegedly found packaging material, digital scales, two fans, 30 lights and 41 ballast.

A Southern California Edison crew was called to the home and found an illegal electrical bypass underneath the electrical meter, which resulted in a theft of utilities of about $180,000, Olguin said.

Deputies arrested Guiyu Luo, 40, at the property. A second suspect, Ying Zhu, 47, hid in a crawl space in the attic but was arrested with the help of the sheriff’s SWAT team.

Both suspects were booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center on suspicion of maintaining a drug house, theft of utilities and other marijuana- related crimes.

They were later released with citations.

Ying Zhu
Valley News/Riverside County Sheriff’s Department courtesy photo
Guiyu Luo
Valley News/Riverside County Sheriff’s Department courtesy photo