$3M marijuana plants found in Vallejo

February 5, 2009 10:18:36 AM PST
Narcotics investigators discovered 1,180 marijuana plants worth more than $3 million in two adjacent Vallejo homes Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, according to the Solano County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office narcotics team found 380 plants of various sizes in a home in the 600 block of Sixth Street around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Paula Toynbee said.

They arrested Alvaro Castro-Flores, 64, at the home for cultivation, sales and transportation of marijuana. He was booked into the Solano County jail under $250,000 bail.

Toynbee said the plants are worth $950,000 and were growing throughout the home, including in the attic. The grow included an automatic watering and lighting system, Toynbee said.

Narcotics investigators also found an additional 800 plants in the home directly next door on Sixth Street, Toynbee said. The plants were growing throughout that home too, Toynbee said.

The sheriff's office believes the two indoor gardens are linked but the investigation is continuing, Toynbee said.