HAYWARD -- Investigators seized marijuana plants worth about $4 million from 11 different homes Thursday and arrested more than a dozen people on drug and theft charges, police said.
Hayward police seized 1,750 plants in varying stages of growth from homes in San Lorenzo, San Leandro and Hayward about 8:15 a.m. Thursday and arrested 13 people on suspicion of marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for the purpose of sales, and theft of utility services, said Hayward Police Sgt. Will Deplitch.
Hayward narcotic detectives had help from the Alameda County Narcotic Task Force, the Drug Enforcement Administration and San Leandro police. Authorities served search warrants at 13 homes as part of a long-term investigation into a suspected drug trafficking organization that uses suburban homes to cultivate marijuana. Drugs were not found in two of the homes searched.
The growers were also bypassing electrical meters and stealing power, police said. The value of the power stolen was not available, but was not part of the $4 million figure, Deplitch said.
The names, ages and cities of residences of those arrested were not released Thursday night.