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Neighbors' suspicions lead police to 700-plant pot house in El Monte; suspect arrested

April 13, 2010 | 12:34 pm

A San Marino man has been arrested for cultivating more than 700 marijuana plants in a sophisticated grow house near the El Monte Airport, police said Tuesday.

Neighbors had reported their suspicions about a townhouse on the 10900 block of Basye Street, with people coming and going at all hours of the night and blacked-out windows.

Detectives staked out the home and pulled over Alexander Moy, 33, of San Marino as he drove away Monday afternoon, said El Monte Police Det. Ralph Batres.

Police obtained a search warrant for the home, where they found at least 700 marijuana plants in different stages of cultivation, along with commercial lighting and temperature control devices.

The operators of the grow house also had cut into the electrical meter to steal power from the utility Southern California Edison, Batres said.

Moy was a renter at the home, which the owner apparently did not know was being used for pot cultivation.

He is being held on $50,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.

The arrest in El Monte came a day after two men were arrested for cultivating pot in Malibu Creek State Park, where park rangers seized 900 plants and 3,000 seeds.

-- Tony Barboza