Arrested Made in Illegal Marijuana Grow and Theft of Utilities

A marijuana grow was discovered in Glendale resulting in an arrest.

On Sept. 17 at 12:42 a.m., Glendale officers responded to the 100 block of Wonderview Drive regarding a person heard yelling for help. Upon arriving at the residence, the officers made contact with a female, identified as 38-year-old Rui Yun Guan.

After speaking to Guan, the officers conducted a welfare check of the home and, upon entering the residence, they discovered an elaborate marijuana grow and a sophisticated ventilation system.

Glendale detectives were notified and a search warrant was served at the residence. Detectives recovered 604 plants at various stages of growth throughout the home. The grow operation used high-powered lighting, fans and air conditioning to control the temperature inside the residence as well as an air-filtering system to control the odor of marijuana. Further investigation revealed the electricity at the location was being stolen to facilitate the marijuana grow operation.

Rui Yun Guan

The Glendale Fire Dept. and Glendale Water and Power responded to the scene to assist detectives with the investigation and to disconnect electrical services at the location for public safety. Often suspects involved in illegal marijuana grow operations will bypass the utility company’s meter to steal electricity to avoid being detected by the utility company and law enforcement. In addition, the residence was “yellow tagged” by the City of Glendale.

Guan was placed under arrest and booked for grand theft and possession of drug paraphernalia. At the conclusion of the investigation, the case will be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. Guan may face additional charges.

The marijuana grow was dismantled and items of evidence were collected by the Glendale Police Dept. for further investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the Glendale Police Dept. Narcotics Division at (818) 548-3120.