Federal officers raided nine Sacramento-area homes Wednesday, seized 7,750 marijuana plants and arrested nine suspects in an operation that began when an agent noticed unusually high electricity bills at some of the homes.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Sacramento Thursday morning says Drug Enforcement Administration agents and other law enforcement officials began their raids at 6 a.m. Wednesday, using a Mandarin interpreter in some homes and seizing “evidence of sophisticated marijuana grows” that included plants, bags of pot, high power fans and lights.
The raids stretched from Roseville to Elverta to Elk Grove, court documents say, with huge amounts of plants found at each of the nine homes.
The investigation began last October, when DEA Special Agent Alicia Ramirez learned that three different Sacramento-area homes – all owned by suspect Xiu Ping Li – “were consuming an unusually high amount of electrical power per month, indicating that the residences were probably being used to manufacture marijuana,” according to an affidavit filed in federal court.
That led to a probe involving SMUD investigators, property record searches, surveillance and trash searches that culminated in Wednesday’s raid, the affidavit says.
Here, according to the affidavit, are the addresses and amounts of marijuana seized at each:
7810 Elsie Ave. in south Sacramento: 1,433 plants seized, along with 18 bags of processed marijuana.
8638 Bradshaw Road in Elk Grove: 790 plants seized.
2860 Central Ave. in Roseville: 1,406 plants seized.
10315 Baseline Road in Elverta: 1,131 plants seized.