Two L.A. men arrested after police find pot farm in Anaheim

Two men were arrested Friday after a traffic stop led Placentia police to a small pot farm they are suspected of operating out of a vacant Anaheim business suite.

Nam Kwan Baek, 33, and Joo Hyung Kim, 31, both of Los Angeles, were being held in Orange County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and cultivation and transportation of marijuana.

Bonds for both men were set at $25,000. Court appearances for Baek and Kim are scheduled for Tuesday, according to the jail’s website.

The incident began about 1:50 a.m. Friday when a Placentia police canine-officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on the westbound 91 Freeway near the Raymond Avenue exit. The officer found Ketamine and MDMA, also known as Ecstasy, inside the vehicle, police said.


Eight hours later, Placentia police detectives secured a search warrant for a property in the 2200 block of Via Burton in Anaheim. That’s where detectives discovered 432 marijuana plants inside the vacant business.

Along with the plants, police found roughly 10 pounds of packaged, ready-for-sale marijuana, Lt. Eric Point said.

The seized marijuana is estimated to be worth between $50,000 and $75,000, Point said.

On Tuesday, Arcadia police arrested three men tied to a similar marijuana cultivation operation growing in multiple rooms in a North 1st Avenue home. Police found 150 pot plants and a second cultivation in the process of being dismantled.