150 marijuana plants found in Arcadia home; three arrested

Acting on a tip, Arcadia police find two marijuana grows in a home

Three men have been arrested after police found 150 marijuana plants inside an Arcadia home.

The men were identified as Viet Van Tran, 24, of Arcadia; Jessie Soi Chu, 32, of Temple City and Rodrigo Salas Rodriguez, 48, of El Monte.

They were being held at the Arcadia jail for investigation of marijuana cultivation.

Police, acting on a tip, served a search warrant Tuesday about 3 a.m. at the home in the 1000 block of North 1st Avenue. Inside, detectives found multiple rooms with marijuana plants in various stages of growth.

The pot farm was equipped with irrigation, lighting, ventilation and electrical wiring, police said in a news release.

Detectives described the find as a "a sophisticated marijuana grow operation..." and noted that a separate cultivation was in the process of being dismantled, a news release said.

Authorities suspect possible utility theft from the operation because "the electricity used to power the grow had bypassed the electrical meter."

Detectives are still investigating the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call the police at 626-574-5150. Tips can be submitted via text, phone or the Internet to Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

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