400 Marijuana Plants Worth 600K Seized From Milpitas Residence Friday

Milpitas resident Liem Ho, 38, was arrested in an illegal marijuana cultivation investigation.

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.




Andy Smith January 26, 2013 at 12:49 AM
FlyingTooLow January 26, 2013 at 05:00 PM
It appears the only REAL crime this lad committed was in not paying his proper utility bill. That's a no-no. Other than that, who was this man harming? I think he was performing a public service. A lot of Americans enjoy cannabis. Who are they hurting? Whose property are they destroying? Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. As my years in prison rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for YEARS. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. The book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank I would be honored by your review.
FlyingTooLow January 26, 2013 at 05:00 PM
The closest I have ever seen marijuana come to harming anyone was during an air drop. We brought in 1100 pounds from Jamaica and dropped it in a peanut field in middle Georgia. The bales were dropped from a small plane at 125 feet altitude. One of the bales, about 80 pounds, missed my compadre by only a few feet... but it surely messed up his truck. You can read about it in: Shoulda Robbed a Bank That is my contribution to helping point out just how ludicrous our pot laws truly are.


More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »