Loud Music Call Leads Police to Marijuana Grow Operation

Alhambra resident Chuan W. Pang is charged with felony cultivation of marijuana.

Police responding to a loud music complaint uncovered a "sophisticated" marijuana grow operation in an abandoned Arcadia home.

Alhambra resident Chuan W. Pang, 30, is accused of felony cultivation of marijuana in connection with the bust, during which police seized more than 500 pot plants in various stages of growth, Arcadia Police Lt. Tom LeVeque said.

Pang apparently also stole electricty from Southern California Edison's grid by bypassing the home's electrical meter, officials said.

Shortly before 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, police responded to a routine noise complaint at a home in the 2500 block of South Santa Anita Avenue.

Pang was standing outside the front of the home when officers arrived and agreed to turn down the music upon officers' requests, LeVeque said. However, officers discovered the home was abandoned and returned an hour later to find Pang still standing in front of the house.

Pang reportedly told officers he had permission to stay at the home, which belonged to a friend whose name, oddly enough, he could not remember. However, Pang had a key to the front door, which he unlocked for officers, LeVeque said.

That's when the overpowering smell of marijuana hit officers hard.

Detectives secured a search warrant and unearthed a large-scale, indoor marijuana grow operation.

"Every room, closet, hallway and usable space" inside the roughly 2,500-square-foot, 4-bedroom home was filled with marijuana plants and growing equipment, LeVeque said in a written statement.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department at (626) 574-5150, case #1300421. To provide information anonymously, call “Crime Stoppers” at 1-(800) 222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tip page at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers at http://lacrimestoppers.org/.

FlyingTooLow January 29, 2013 at 01:53 PM
It is so comforting that the discovery, and subsequent removal, of these evil plants was made. Had this 'devil weed' fallen into the hands of some 'dope smoking derelict,' we would all be in danger. Goodness gracious! Our very lives, our children, our dogs, and kitty cats may have all been at risk. But, on the other hand: I smoked my first joint in December, 1967, at the tender age of 21. Now, a mere 44 years later, I still smoke pot. I have never 'graduated' to 'harder' drugs. Nor, have I ever harmed anyone. I am living proof that this prohibitionist propaganda is a fallacy...a blatant lie. The worst experience I had with marijuana was spending 5 years in Federal Prison for a pot offense. While there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months. When I went to the parole board after more than 3 years 'behind the wall,' I pointed this out to the panel members. Their response: "You must understand that yours was a very serious offense." I laughed about that for another 2 years (as I still sat in prison)...then wrote my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank. I would be honored by your review.
FlyingTooLow January 29, 2013 at 01:54 PM
All card-carrying members of the DEA need to read: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Here is one of its reviews: 5.0 out of 5 stars... If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.
Sandra January 29, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Ok, ok, I'm biting! But I don't have a Kindle! :o(
FlyingTooLow January 29, 2013 at 09:17 PM
@ Sandra... Hi, Sandra...If you go to the book's page on Amazon, there is a box on the right side of the page that reads 'try it for free'...and below that, 'kindle for PC'...it is a free app and downloads in seconds. It will allow any kindle e book to be read on your PC. The book is a very fast read at just over 38.000 words. Each chapter is like a short story...each detailing different missions that landed me in prison. I have another at Amazon: Welcome to Prison-Enjoy Your Stay. Here's the link to my page: http://www.amazon.com/Hugh-Yonn/e/B0080Q13K2/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1359494144&sr=1-2-ent A million thanks for your reply and interest. I hope to hear from you, Hugh Yonn
Sandra January 30, 2013 at 05:38 AM
Oh my gosh, thanks so much! So I'm looking at a free sample on a "Cloud Reader". Is that what you mean? I guess I can purchase it and read it the same way... on this reader? Also, I'm confused. I was under the impression that this was non-fiction, but it says "fiction" on the very first page. Can you clarify? Sorry if I missed it earlier... I'm densely preoccupied lately. Anyway, looking forward to delving into this, thanks again, Hugh!
FlyingTooLow January 30, 2013 at 04:14 PM
@ Sandra... Yes...that's it...it's a free app that allows ebooks to be read on your PC. Really neat stuff. Before I finally broke down and bought a Kindle, I used it a LOT. I love technology...just wish I knew more. Re the 'fiction' versus 'non-fiction,' I started writing 'Shoulda Robbed a Bank' around 1983, while I was in prison. Anything I committed to paper I noted as 'fiction.' I really did not understand the 'statute of limitations.' I didn't want to be prosecuted for my own writings. I still feel that way. I just don't trust 'those guys.' That's why, last year when I published my first book, I listed it as a novel. I have been assured by an attorney since then that I am 'off the hook.' But, you know what...I still don't trust those guys. I truly hope that you enjoy the books and look forward to your reviews. I also have a blog address on the copyright page. Any comments you care to make along the way, I will respond. Warning: the books contain some pretty strong language. Again, thank you, Sandra, I look forward to hearing from you, Hugh
Sandra January 30, 2013 at 07:05 PM
That ebook - PC is quite clever. Learn somethin' new every day! I'm afraid all that stuff about fiction vs non-fiction, statute of limitations, etc., is over my head, but that's ok. Oh, wait. Just as I finished typing that sentence, I think it clicked. Hey, I'm a little slow, but I often catch on eventually. lol Strong language contained in the book? There's some pretty strong language contained in me, too. I may not have any criminal experience, but I sure have plenty of "language" experience. ;o) Thanks again, Hugh. I look forward to diving in!
FlyingTooLow January 30, 2013 at 11:46 PM
@ Sandra... "...I may not have any criminal experience...' I love that kinda talk.... But, believe this, if you have ever smoked pot...then you had a 'criminal experience.' That's what I just flat ass do not understand. I much look forward to your review of the book...please let me know when you are 'diving in.' In the meantime, stay away from 'criminal experiences.' I'm going to use that line in my next book...that's good material...thank you, Sandra...
Sandra January 31, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Well, THAT'LL teach me to speak without thinking! Sorry about that. I meant no jail/prison/arrest kind of experience....but I obviously could use some educating. :o\ I have smoked pot a couple of times, but - just my luck - it never did a thing for me but make me sleepy. I always wanted to like it. *lol* My one "good" experience with alcohol ended VERY badly when tequila won a rather nasty argument with me at age 17. No more alcohol after that! I speed *every* time I drive and I occasionally pull rolling stops, aka the "California stop". I stole a Pepsi on Valentine's day in 1972, was caught, dragged up to a room, and made to answer to my mother who was called in. I peed my pants out of utter fear and humiliation. In fact, I'm rather humiliated right now.
FlyingTooLow February 01, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Glad to see that your Mom straightened you out about 'stealing.' That's what good parents do. We need a lot more of that in our world today.


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