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$2 million in marijuana plants siezed, man arrested in Fontana drug bust

Los Angles County Sheriff's deputies descended on a Fontana home early Friday and arrested a man on suspicion of using the residence to cultivate $2 million worth of marijuana.

Lanson Quin, 38, was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony cultivation of marijuana, said Sheriff's Capt. Mike Parker.

The investigation grew from information provided by an anonymous informant who told authorities that a San Gabriel Valley area man was involved in marijuana cultivation. A three-month investigation led investigators to the San Bernardino County residence.

The search began Friday morning after a warrant was issued by a Los Angeles County judge. Sheriff's deputies said they discovered evidence of a marijuana-growing operation, including special lighting and hydroponic equipment in the home.

They said they also confiscated about 1,800 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $2 million.

"The cultivation of marijuana is illegal, and we will enforce the law to prevent these drugs from getting into the hands of children and adults," Parker said. "The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department welcomes information that can lead to shutting down these types of operations, he said.

-- Andrew Blankstein

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It's obvious that Prohibition is not working. While areas like San Pedro and South Central are being smothered by real, violent crimes, the Sheriff's Department is wasting resources on busting a grow-op over in Fontana. As for Captain Parker's comment that "the cultivation of marijuana is illegal," this is NOT the whole truth. While this particular case was presumably outside the realm of legitimate medical cultivation, the growing of cannabis IS legal under the medical marijuana system enacted democratically by California voters. Parker and the Sheriff's Department need to stop spreading falsehoods and throwing in "the children" at an attempt to perpetuate outdated and untrue stereotypes.

so its illegal to cultivate? how do the legal la marihuana clinics get them? from the mexican cartel"s?

I need my joint right about now

What a bunch of BS. Legalize cannabis and stop the assault on both growers and users.

Actually growing marijuana is legal in California under prop 215 and senate bill 420. The all police from county from county need to follow state law and have respect for patients complying with these laws.

now the price go up

He must be a Mexican drug lord. Hope he gets deported...we dont need these drug cartels on our streets.

Go Meg 2010!!


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