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* Federal agents seized nearly 2,500 marijuana plants and arrested nine people

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Federal agents seized nearly 2,500 marijuana plants and arrested nine people on Wednesday who are allegedly part of a ring of illegal indoor growers in the Bay Area and other communities in Northern California.Law enforcement officials discovered marijuana grows in Elk Grove, Sacramento, San Jose, Milpitas, and Oakland.All of those locations except for Oakland were stealing power by bypassing electricity meters, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Combined, the growing operations that were shut down had the capacity to produce over one ton of marijuana annually, with an estimated street value of nearly $10 million, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.Multiple agencies worked together to conduct the investigation, including the Elk Grove Police Department, various area Drug Enforcement Agency offices, and the California Highway Patrol.Arrestees included three residents of Oakland, three of Sacramento, one of San Francisco, one of San Jose, and another of an unknown residence.All of the arrestees are charged with conspiracy to manufacture at least 1,000 marijuana plants, manufacturing marijuana, and knowingly maintaining a place for manufacturing marijuana. Defendants appeared for their arraignment in federal court in Sacramento on Thursday. If convicted, defendants could face 10 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $4 million.

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