California Grow House Bust: $1 Million In Marijuana Seized


ROSEVILLE, Calif. — On September 5, officers from Roseville and a Placer County regional taskforce served a search warrant on two houses in a residential neighborhood in West Park, and confirmed they were being used to grow marijuana for illegal out-of-state sales. Officers seized more than 1100 marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $1.17 million, and arrested three people.

In early August, the Roseville Police Department received information about suspicious activity at two houses in the 2300 block of Kinsella Way. The windows of the garages were covered, and there were few signs of normal residential activity at the houses. An investigation led to the issuance of a search warrant for the two houses.

Detectives from the Placer County Special Investigation Unit and Roseville Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit served the search warrant and found that both houses were being used almost entirely to grow marijuana, with sleeping quarters for the people tending the plants. Their investigation also established that the marijuana was not being grown for use in California under the Compassionate Care Act, but was being shipped to the state of New York for illegal sales. Three people, Jinfu Gao, age 65, Wen Guang, age 51, and Xiuqin Zhou, age 61, all from Roseville, were arrested on suspicion of maintaining a place for drug use, cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy.

This was a cooperative operation by the Placer County Special Investigation Unit (a taskforce comprised of officers from the California Department of Corrections, California Department of Justice, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Placer County Probation, the Roseville Police Department and the Rocklin Police Department), and Roseville Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit.