BARSTOW — Seven people were arrested in connection to an illegal marijuana grow that housed thousands of plants here, authorities said.
Barstow Police Department Officers Matt Helms and Jimmie Walker were working a specialized enforcement detail on Aug. 31 when they contacted a resident who reported an illegal marijuana grow in the desert area behind Love’s Travel Stop off Lenwood Road.
According to authorities, the officers obtained evidence corroborating the report and obtained a search warrant for the residence in question.
On Wednesday at approximately 8:30 a.m., Barstow officers and detectives, along with deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Marijuana Enforcement Team, executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2600 block of Salt Springs Road.
“As the officers arrived at the residence, they encountered seven people at the main house,” Barstow Police officials said in a statement. “Upon seeing the officers, one of the suspects, later identified as Lisheng Huang, fled on foot. After a brief foot pursuit, Huang was located and apprehended without incident.”
Authorities located 17 different plots of marijuana growing on the property and seized 3,432 plants that were in various stages of maturity.
Lisheng Huang, 52, and Shulin Huang, 52, both of Sacramento, Zhao Huei, 63, and Alan Wong, 54, both of Barstow, Xianjlan Xiao, 52, of Los Angeles, Jenny Pan, 49, of La Puente, and Lan Shiren, 44, of San Gabriel, were all arrested on suspicion of cultivating more than six plants and illegal outdoor cultivation in the City of Barstow.
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