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Big Pot Bust in Quiet San Mateo Neighborhood

Authorities arrest a 49-year-old man who's allegedly growing a forest of weed.

 

A tip from a concerned citizen led authorities to a marijuana-growing operation Thursday afternoon in the 1200 Block of 31st Avenue in San Mateo.

According to San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force Commander Marc K. Alcantara, agents seized over 530 marijuana plants in various stages of growth. Alcantara estimates the potential street value of the marijuana plants at approximately $400,000.

A single family residence, located in a relatively quiet neighborhood, was being utilized to conceal the illegal indoor marijuana growing operation.

Agents from SMCNTF, with help from the San Mateo Police department, executed a search warrant during the afternoon.

One suspect, 49-year-old Yin Tang, was arrested at the residence on charges associated with the cultivation of marijuana. Tang is currently in custody at the Maguire Correctional facility. His arraignment is scheduled for March 12 at 1:30 pm in San Mateo County Northern Superior Court.

He is being charged with marijuana cultivation, and bail has been set at $15,000.

Alcantara believes the discovered marijuana cultivating operation was a strictly for-profit business that has no known ties to the medical marijuana industry.

To date, the Task Force says it has seized over 3500 plants and 19 pounds of processed marijuana from 5 grow locations in the county.

The investigation into the operation remains active, and agents are still actively gathering and analyzing evidence that may result in additional charges and/or the identification of co-conspirators.

Jordan March 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM
why don't you keep you damn mouth shut and just leave it be. Getting all defensive for what? Take it from the view point of a family with young children. How would you feel if you were a father of young children and all you know is that there some kind of drug growing operation in the house across the street from you? Kind of scary, specially when you have no idea who is operating it, what kind of people are in the house and what they have or can do. This house is obviously in the suburbs in a really nice well kept neighborhood. In all means, I have no problem with growing a few plants, smoking it, legalizing it whatever but when a group of people are illegally growing up too 600 plants in a nice neighborhood is a problem. Go rent out a warehouse or a field to grow you plants. not in a residential neighborhood. and for you "Bren" your rude comments to everyone one this article is a little uncalled for.
Jp March 11, 2012 at 11:02 PM
why don't you keep you damn mouth shut and just leave it be. Getting all defensive for what? Take it from the view point of a family with young children. How would you feel if you were a father of young children and all you know is that there some kind of drug growing operation in the house across the street from you? Kind of scary, specially when you have no idea who is operating it, what kind of people are in the house and what they have or can do. This house is obviously in the suburbs in a really nice well kept neighborhood. In all means, I have no problem with growing a few plants, smoking it, legalizing it whatever but when a group of people are illegally growing up too 600 plants in a nice neighborhood is a problem. Go rent out a warehouse or a field to grow your plants. not in a residential neighborhood. and for you "Bren" your rude comments to everyone one this article is a little uncalled for.
Bren March 11, 2012 at 11:41 PM
You're the one exploding with rage, demanding that I keep my "damn" mouth shut. Interesting that the dividing line for you is whether or not the growing operation is occurring in a "nice, well-kept neighborhood." So, basically, you're perfectly OK with pot being grown in poor people's neighborhoods, but not where there are rich people who might be made uncomfortable. Your classist elitism is very typical of San Mateo county.
bernie July 31, 2012 at 04:37 AM
So the guy wants to live in a nice neighborhood and not way up in northern California where a house fire could set trees on fire? Let the guy grow in a commercial space. Oh that's right you won't let him to that. such bastards in San Mateo county.
Izec October 15, 2012 at 03:42 PM
lol good one bren

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