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2 New York residents arrested in illegal marijuana grow in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. ( Two New York residents were arrested in Hesperia in connection with an illegal marijuana grow discovered Sunday afternoon.

At about 12:50 p.m. on June 18, 2017, firefighters responded to the 8500 block of 11th Avenue reference a brush fire.

When firefighters arrived, they located a power line that caused a small brush fire in the front yard of the residence caused by a power line failure.

“The fire department personnel entered the residence to check the interior for possible damage and to clear the structure for occupants. Once inside, they found marijuana plants growing inside several of the rooms,” stated Sheriff’s officials in a press release.

The Sheriff’s Marijuana Enforcement Team responded to the location and served a search warrant and found a large-scale indoor marijuana grow inside the house.

Over 1,200 marijuana plants, in various stages of growth, were found inside the residence.

“The grow operation used advanced lighting, air conditioning, fans, exhaust blowers and an air-filtering system to control the climate inside the house as well as the odor coming from the residence. The suspects were stealing electrical power to facilitate the grow operation,” stated the release.

The suspects, identified as Qiao Wen Zhao, 48, & Xian Lin Zhao, 51, both residents of New York were contacted by deputies several blocks away from the residence.

They were arrested without incident and were later booked at the High Desert Detention Center for theft of utilities. Their bail is set at $25,000. Additional charges against the suspects will include cultivating marijuana.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation or is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Gangs/Narcotics Division at (909)387-8400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at

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