Police seize $1.3 million worth of pot

May 9, 2008 6:32:12 AM PDT
Antioch police seized more than $1.3 million worth of marijuana from a cultivation operation Wednesday after serving several search warrants in Brentwood and Stockton, according to the Police Department.

Police investigating large-scale indoor marijuana cultivation operations served search warrants at about 10 a.m. at two locations in Brentwood and one in Stockton. Officials uncovered a growing operation in a warehouse on East Miner Avenue in Stockton and another in Brentwood, police said.

In addition to seizing more than 1,200 marijuana plants and about 25 pounds of drying marijuana estimated at an altogether street value of about $1.3 million, officers allegedly found a large amount of growing equipment, police said.

Several vehicles, watercraft and cash were also seized, police said.

Officers also discovered with help from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. that the suspects in the growing operation might have been stealing electricity, a common practice in indoor cultivating, according to police.

Brentwood residents Justin Reis, 30, Brandon Reis, 21, and Walter Wynne, 46, were arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana, possession for sale of marijuana and possession of stolen property. All three suspects were sent to the Martinez Detention Facility, according to police.

The Antioch police investigation was carried out with assistance from the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office, the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office and the Stockton Police Department.


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