Man Arrested for Growing About 1500 Marijuana Plans, Stealing Electricity
Photo: Liang’s grow site
A man has been arrested after police found him illegally growing nearly 1500 marijuana plants and stealing electricity to run the operation in Rancho Cucamonga.
On March 10, 2020, Rancho Cucamonga police deputies checked out a house in the 8900 block of Wilson Avenue after an anonymous tip indicated that someone “may be growing marijuana” there, according to the release.
“As deputies began their investigation and examined the house from the outside, they immediately observed several characteristics consistent with operating a marijuana grow house.”
Deputies realized there was someone inside the house and spoke with the suspect, identified as 57-year-old Bingguang Liang of Rancho Cucamonga.
Deputies served a search warrant and began the search, which revealed 1,478 marijuana plants and equipment used for cultivation.
In addition, they found that “the main electrical panel had been tampered with to bypass the electrical meter,” according to the release. “Investigators from Southern California Edison responded to the house and estimated the theft of electricity to be worth over $88,000.”
Liang was arrested and charged with cultivating six or more marijuana plants and theft of utilities service. He is being held at West Valley Detention Center on $50,000 bail.