Deputies Bust Two Major Illegal Pot Grows In Oroville

May 19, 2016 8:04 PM by News Staff

The Butte County Sheriff's Special Enforcement Unit is investigating two major illegal marijuana grow operations out of the Oroville area.

The first bust happened Tuesday on the 30 block of Gold View Court. With a warrant in hand, deputies arrested Cun Liu, age 48, of Sacramento. A second subject, identified as Nhat sang Vong, 46, of Sacramento fled from deputies. Liu was detained without incident.

Investigator say that Liu and Vong were involved in a large scale marijuana operation to include the transportation of marijuana. A search of the property revealed several indoor grow houses and one greenhouse that together contained 795 marijuana plants.

Based on the scale of this marijuana growing operation, Liu was arrested for the felony cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana, and maintaining a residence where drugs are made (the cultivation of marijuana). Liu has a bail of $175,000.00. A felony warrant for Vong will be sought for the same charges.

On the same day, the special enforcement unit served a search warrant at a home on the 300 block of Summit Avenue in Oroville. There they contacted Yong Chen, age 43, of Los Angeles and Vivian Huang, age 40, of Los Angeles. Both were detained without incident. Investigators say they found that Chen and Huang were in the midst of a 683 marijuana grow, some growing in amended soil and some planted in pots. All 683 marijuana plants were eradicated from the property. Chen and Huang were both arrested for the felony cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and maintaining a residence where drugs are made. Each has a bail of $125,000.00.

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