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

June 25, 2010 |  4:38 pm

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