Narcotics Team Nets $450,000 Worth Of Marijuana

The nine-month undercover investigation by San Mateo County authorities culminated Monday.

A nine-month undercover investigation by San Mateo County authorities culminated Monday in the arrest of eight people suspected of a variety of drug charges and the seizure of more than $450,000 worth of marijuana.

Authorities seized some 1,400 marijuana plants, which were in various stages of growth, as well as 55 lbs of harvested marijuana, six guns, and more than $47,000 in suspected drug profits.

According to the county's Narcotics Task Force, nine search warrants were executed in the sting that squashed four indoor marijuana grow operations. The remaining locations were the residences of the suspects and alleged co-conspirators.

The arrests were the result of collaboration among the task force and police in San Francisco, Daly City and South San Francisco.

This bust comes in the wake of an in February by the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force that led to numerous arrests and drug seizures at homes and marijuana grow houses set up in Pacifica, San Francisco, Alameda County and other cities in San Mateo County.

The operation concluding Monday was dubbed "Mighty Mites" after agents observed infestations of spider mites and their webs on a significant number of the plants and in the grow rooms.

All of the suspects are allegedly members of a close-knit Asian drug trafficking organization, authorities said, and are not associated with any known medical marijuana dispensaries.

Evidence suggests that the operations were strictly for-profit ventures, according to the task force.

The grow sites were located at three locations in Daly City and at one in South San Francisco. The remaining warrants were served at residences in four different San Francisco neighborhoods -- including the Sunset and Forest Knolls -- and at one Daly City residence.

Those arrested were Steven Pham, 25, Tue Pham, 37, Marvin Pham, 27, and Brian Wong, 31, all of San Francisco; and Nam Nguyen, 29, Danny Nguyen, 22, Bong Nguyen, 51, and Donna Quach, 28, all of Daly City.

As of Tuesday, agents were still actively gathering and analyzing evidence in the ongoing investigation, and those arrested were still in custody pending arraignment.

The suspects are scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the San Mateo County Northern Superior Court.

--Bay City News

bonnie mcnamara May 18, 2011 at 08:11 PM
I... really wish they would just leagalize marijuana & focus their efforts into "Meth"...I haven't ever seen someone high on smoking pot cause a problem for anyone??However I cannot say the same about Meth & I don't believe I'm alone on that??? Bonnie McNamara
Calliope Konstantine May 27, 2011 at 04:28 AM
I'm with Bonnie. I don't do drugs , don't like being around people who do, but other drugs cause far more problems. Then there's the troublesome issue of 450K worth of pot- when you read it, the amount of money makes it sound like some huge thing just happened- but when we look at how much the investigation itself cost...gee for 9 months? Wonder how much going after pot heads and dealers cost us in hours, overtime, expenses, court costs, possible public defenders, jail or prison. Bonnie is correct, the meth trade is what they should be going after- from dealing with how it gets here- perhaps a separate but still very valid problem to the companies that sell various chemicals and pharmaceuticals all the way to the cookers and dealers. How much crime and societal decay is behind meth vs pot? A lot more. I can't stand tweakers.


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