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Complex O.C. marijuana-growing operations busted, police say

January 16, 2012 |  7:46 am

A monthlong investigation has led to five arrests and the seizure of more than $200,000 in marijuana in Orange County, authorities said.

Anthony Mave, 46, of San Clemente was arrested near Newport Boulevard and 16th Street in Newport Beach on Jan. 6 after he was found in possession of 24 pounds of "high-grade" marijuana, police said.

On the same day, while serving a search warrant, Newport police found a complex marijuana-growing operation inside a Laguna Niguel residence. Detectives seized about 300 marijuana plants, four pounds of cultivated marijuana and cash there, according to Newport Beach police spokeswoman Kathy Lowe.

Christopher E. Go, 24, of Laguna Niguel was arrested at the residence, which was believed to be his home, on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and the illegal cultivation of marijuana, Lowe told  Times Community News.

Police also arrested Christy C. McAllister at her boyfriend's Lake Forest home Jan. 6 on suspicion of selling marijuana to Newport police detectives in December, according to Lowe. Evidence collected there led detectives to a commercial building in Huntington Beach, where authorities found another complex growing operation and nine more pounds of high-grade marijuana, according to the release.


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Photo: Newport Beach police say they found a complex growing operation and nine pounds of "high-grade" marijuana at a Huntington Beach commercial building. Credit: Times Community News