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Port Arthur man, woman arrested for sophisticated marijuana growing operation
FORT BEND COUNTY - From Fort Bend County S.O.
The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force, a Houston HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) initiative composed of local and federal agencies, concluded a narcotics investigation targeting an illegal marijuana growing operation being conducted in the Richmond area.
During the past month, Task Force agents conducted an investigation of an indoor marijuana grow operation at a residence in the 25000 block Canyon Crossing Drive, which is located in the Westheimer Lakes subdivision.
During the investigation, Fort Bend County Precinct 1 Constables Office personnel assisted the Task Force by supplementing the long surveillance hours necessary for a grow operation investigation. As a result of the findings in this investigation, a search warrant was obtained from 434th District Court Judge Jim Shoemake.
On Thursday, Sept. 11, 2013, the search warrant was executed at the suspected residence by Task Force Agents. Agents located a sophisticated indoor marijuana operation being conducted in five rooms of the residence. Agents located a total of 481 marijuana plants along with indoor growing lights, scales, water pumps, fans, electrical ballasts and assorted equipment used for manufacturing, packaging and selling of marijuana. The suspects were renting the home.
Hoi Van Tran, 53, and Ngoc Hong Mccubbins, 57, of Port Arthur, Texas, were arrested and booked into the Fort Bend County Jail on first degree felony charges of Possession of Marijuana (greater than 50 pounds, less than 2,000 pounds).
The marijuana seized at the scene had a street value of approximately $864,000.
Tran and Mccubbins remain in the Fort Bend County Jail each with a $15,000 bond.