On Friday, police discovered that a Milpitas residence had been converted into an illegal indoor marijuana growing operation, and arrested the suspected grower.
At 7 a.m., Milpitas Police Department detectives, with the assistance of the Milpitas Police Department SWAT team, executed a search warrant at a residence on Dixon Road for an illegal marijuana cultivation investigation, according to Sergeant Jared Hernandez.
A second search warrant was later executed at an associated address on Linden Lane.
A search of the residence on Dixon Road revealed the house had been converted into an illegal indoor marijuana growing operation. The interior of the residence had been modified to facilitate the cultivation of marijuana.
A search of the house yeilded over 400 marijuana plants in different stages of growth. The seized marijuana has a street value of approximately $600,000.
Liem Ho, 38, was located at the Linden Lane residence and was taken into custody without incident. He was later booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail for illegal marijuana cultivation and theft of utilities.
The Milpitas Police Department would like to provide the following tips to landlords/neighbors regarding homes possibly being used for the cultivation of marijuana:
- Tenant paying rent in cash only.
- Tenant changing locks and not providing access to your property.
- Tenant doing interior construction work.
- Tenant is never home.
- Alternation to utility equipment at the property.
- Additional ventilation added to the structure.
- Odor of marijuana, or sound of fans emitting from the residence.
Milpitas Police are encouraging anyone with any information regarding this investigation, Liem Ho, other marijuana cultivation locations, or other criminal activity occurring in this jurisdiction is encouraged to call the Milpitas Police Department at (408) 586-2400.
Information can be given anonymously by calling (408) 586-2500, or via the Milpitas Police Department website.