2 Arrested In $2.5M SoCal Marijuana Operation

ALHAMBRA (AP) — Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies have arrested two people and seized hundreds of marijuana plants with an estimated street value of $2.5 million in the San Gabriel Valley.

The sheriff’s department says Joseph Hsu, a convicted felon and suspected member of an Asian street gang, was arrested Thursday on narcotics and weapons charges. Pauline McDonnell also was arrested on narcotics charges.

Authorities say deputies acting on a tip discovered two indoor marijuana growing operations at Hsu’s San Gabriel condominium and in a commercial building in Alhambra.

Deputies say more than 400 plants, about 100 pounds of dried marijuana, hydroponic cultivation equipment, two handguns and a shotgun were seized at the two locations.

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