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Tracy Police have arrested suspects in connection with several residential marijuana grows in Tracy, Calif. Suspect Hai Truong Nguyen is still being sought, (Tracy Police)

TRACY -- Investigators have arrested three men linked to three different large-scale residential marijuana grows, uncovering pot worth more than $640,000 on the street, but three additional suspects are still being sought in connection with the cases, police said.

On Tuesday, a long-term investigation led Tracy police, armed with a search warrant, to 1845 Kagehiro Dr., where investigators seized 475 marijuana plants worth roughly $240,000 from a sophisticated grow operation in a rental house, police said.

Police said Hai Truong Nguyen, 31, is wanted in connection with the grow, which had siphoned more than $30,000 worth of power to run lights and equipment, police said. Nguyen remains at large. He has ties to Tracy and San Jose.

Also Tuesday, in an unrelated incident, patrol officers responding to a report of a residential burglary at 1630 Smokey Lane contacted three men, later identified as Xi Hong Chen, 28, Jimmy Zhaoming Tang, 21, and Yueyang Liang, 22, all of San Francisco, who were arrested when police said officers found a "significant quantity of marijuana for sale."

Similar to the grow on Kagehiro Drive, investigators, with a warrant, found a highly sophisticated grow and roughly 800 marijuana plants in different stages of maturity inside, police said. Police said the pot from the mature plants would have sold for roughly $400,000 on the street. The trio had also siphoned about $20,000 worth of power from the utility company, police said. Chen, Tang and Liang were booked into San Joaquin County Jail on charges of felony possession for sale and felony transportation of marijuana.


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On Wednesday, a third unrelated search warrant was served at 3741 Norfolk Dr. and police found two grow rooms containing 85 marijuana plants and grow equipment. Police said Ahn The Ngo, 29 and Hieu Cong Nguyen, 19, are wanted for marijuana cultivation charges but remain at large. They have ties to San Jose and the surrounding area.

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