Furniture Store Was Front for Large Marijuana Grow

Jan 28, 2015 2:21 AM

GILROY, Calif. (AP) - Authorities in Northern California say they have arrested a man who was allegedly growing more than 1,000 marijuana plants inside a furniture store that never opened to customers.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office says Phuc Nguyen was arrested for using the "Gilory Furniture & More" store as a front to grow the plants valued at more than $2 million.

The San Jose Mercury News reports the furniture visible from the street concealed a huge back room packed wall-to-wall with pot plants, with overhead air ducts and heating lamps.

The 39-year-old Gilroy man was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of illegal cultivation of marijuana for sales and other charges. He is being held on $200,000 bail.


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