Visalia police arrest woman, take almost 1,000 plants thanks to tip by SoCal Edison employee
VISALIA – While Sothern California Edison asked residents in Tulare County to conserve energy, one person was actively trying to gather more to take care of her illegal marijuana grow.
According to Visalia police, an employee from Southern California Edison contacted the police department’s narcotics unit and advised that there was possibly an indoor marijuana grow at a residence in the 1700 block of south Elverta.
As a result of the investigation, on Friday, Aug. 21 at 9:16 a.m., the Visalia Police Department’s narcotics unit, special enforcement unit and Tulare Area Regional Gang Enforcement Team (TARGET) served a search warrant at the residence. Officers found 823 marijuana plants growing inside the two-story residence. Suspect Qiang Zhong Wu, 57, was arrested and booked at the Tulare County pretrial facility for cultivation of marijuana.
Published: August 26, 2020
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