A Walnut man was arrested in El Monte and held on suspicion of drug possession, cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of methamphetamine for sale, operating a drug lab, theft of utility services and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
According to police, they developed information regarding a large marijuana growing operation in a warehouse in El Monte. They obtained a search warrant and conducted an early-morning raid on the alleged site. While inside, they found the man, 46, among 3,300 growing marijuana plants, more than 300 pounds of dried marijuana, an ounce of methamphetamine, and equipment used to create concentrated cannabis.
Officers vacated the warehouse and called in the LA Impact Narcotics Team and the LA County Hazmat team to remove the dangerous chemicals. A further search of the property located a wiring setup designed to bypass the electric meter and divert power directly from the utility grid.
According to police, the marijuana plants have an estimated street value of about $750,000. Following a court hearing in February, he was released without being charged.
El Monte drug possession attorney
If you’ve been arrested for drug possession, or related offenses including drug trafficking or manufacturing, you need the assistance of an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend. Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
Drug possession charges can be serious, and can often lead to incarceration. Today, more than half of California’s inmates serve sentences related to drug crimes. As this case proves, it is not impossible to get drug charges reduced or dropped altogether, even when the circumstances make that seem unlikely.
Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County drug possession case.
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