MODESTO, Calif. (CBS13) — San Joaquin Valley authorities are touting a recent bust as the biggest indoor marijuana grow operation ever taken down in Stanislaus County’s history.

Local and federal authorities served a search warrant Monday in rural Modesto and discovered a facility capable of producing $2 million of marijuana every three months.

The Modesto Police Department said the building, estimated to be 240 feet long and 40 feet wide, contained at least 2,000 growing marijuana plants and 53 pounds of pot ready to be distributed.

pot2 Guns, Drugs Recovered In Record Stanislaus County Bust

A photo of some of the finished marijuana waiting to be packaged for sale. (Photo provided by Modesto Police Department)

The operation produced as much as 500 pounds of marijuana every three months, authorities said. The Modesto Police Department says the street value of marijuana is $4,000 a pound.

Four rifles and a handgun were also recovered.

Six suspects were found on the property and arrested. The men have been identified as 61-year-old San Mateo resident Andy Wk Chan, 53-year-old San Francisco resident Michael Ru Chau, 35-year-old El Cerrito resident John Zhong Huang, 33-year-old San Leandro resident Chiu Chuen Lau, 32-year-old San Francisco resident Tony Chao Fan Luo and 38-year-old San Francisco resident Yoa Ming Yu.

All of the suspects are facing charges of possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana, conspiracy and weapons possession.

Comments (4)
  1. conserver1 says:

    These people compete unfairly with our legal growers. The reporter is right- If this operation was not reported, it could have continued.

  2. allan says:

    They were Asian? That’s interesting. I didn’t know Asians were that big on weed. I know Mexicans, Blacks, and Whites love the herb, but this is interesting. They probably really thought they would never get caught in such a remote location.
    They just need to legalize marijuana already. It’s not going anywhere – no matter how many people you bust.

  3. Old Hippie says:

    Great, now even this is being outsourced to the Chinese.

  4. emily stuart says:

    anybody hear an exact location?

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