Police: Modesto Marijuana Biggest 2012 Bust

by Maria Sanchez on August 17, 2012

MODESTO, CA- Agents from the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency discover a large outdoor marijuana grow at a rural ranchette home south of Modesto. Investigators seized approximately 1,500 plants, which has an estimated street value of $3.6 million dollars.

On Thursday, August 16th, at about 7:30 A.M., narcotics investigators from the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency served a search warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of Service Road, which is a rural area south of Modesto. The search warrant was the result of an ongoing criminal investigation that started in part from a tip.

The drug task force had initially received an anonymous tip of a possible marijuana grow at this ranchette. Agents conducted follow-up investigation and confirmed a large illegal marijuana grow on the property. The investigators obtained a search warrant and served the warrant this morning at the home. SWAT teams from the Stanisluas County Sheriff’s office and Ceres Police Department assisted in the service of the warrant.

Narcotic agents discovered a large sophisticated grow with approximately 1,500 marijuana plants, on the property. The plants were in various stages of growth and many were ready to be harvested. Agents estimate the street value of the marijuana to be about $3.6 million dollars.

The plants were spread throughout the ten acre property and were well-maintained, with an elaborate watering system. Several people were located on the property and determined to be tending the illegal marijuana grow.

The following people were arrested:

- 28-year-old Sotha Chan from Ceres, CA.

- 24-year-old Ranny Morn from Ceres, CA.

- 27-year-old Bum Rim from Ceres, CA.

- 52-year-old Bounpheng Somsamouth from Modesto, CA.

- 54-year-old Kimlorn Taing from Long Beach, CA.

- 22-year-old VannyToch from Modesto, CA.

- 39-year-old Khamseen Vongdara from Modesto, CA.

- 35-year-old Alen Wimm from Ceres, CA.

- 35-year-old Allen Winn from Long Beach, CA.

All of the above listed suspects were booked into the Stanislaus County Jail and face charges of marijuana cultivation.

The Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency is a multi-agency narcotic task force, which is comprised of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies. The goal of the task force is to identify, distrupt, and ultimately dismantle drug trafficking organizations operating within the Central Valley.

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